Marie LaurencinThe Fan c.1919

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Artwork details

Artist
Marie Laurencin (1885‑1956)
Title
The Fan
L'Eventail
Date c.1919
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 305 x 300 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Elly Kahnweiler 1991, accessioned 1994
Reference
T06805
Not on display

Summary

The Fan is painted in Marie Laurencin’s typically restrained palette of blue, rose and grey. It depicts two women staring at the viewer from two frames on a table. It has been suggested that the woman in the oval frame is the artist herself. The identification of the other, however, is uncertain. She may simply be a model holding Laurencin’s little black dog Coco, or she may represent the idea of a loved one the artist was missing as she sojourned in Spain as an exile during the First World War. This may have been the dressmaker Nicole Groult. Laurencin had met her in 1911 and they are said to have been lovers at some point in the following years. The image is intriguingly ambiguous… (read more)

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