Marie Laurencin

Portraits (Marie Laurencin, Cecilia de Madrazo and the Dog Coco)


Marie Laurencin 1885–1956
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 330 × 460 mm
Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933

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Laurencin painted this portrait using simplified forms and a limited palette of blue, pink and grey. The artist was part of a group of cubist painters working in Paris around 1911. She chose, however, not to follow the abstracted treatment of the body that many of her cubist friends adopted. This picture was painted in Madrid in 1915. Laurencin moved to Spain with her husband, German painter Otto von Wätjen, following the outbreak of the First World War. It depicts Cecilia, the daughter of the Spanish painter Federico de Madrazo, and the artist herself, shown on the left.

Gallery label, September 2019

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Catalogue entry

Marie Laurencin 1885-1956

N04726 Portraits 1915

Inscribed 'Marie Laurencin' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 13 x 18 1/8 (33 x 46)
Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933
Prov: With Paul Rosenberg, Paris (purchased from the artist); C. Frank Stoop, London
Exh: The CAS: Loan Exhibition of Modern Foreign Painting, Colnaghi's Galleries, London, June-July 1924 (27) as 'Two Girls', lent by Mrs. Stoop; Guillaume Apollinaire 1880-1918: A Celebration 1968, ICA, London, November 1968 (276); Bristol City Art Gallery, December 1968-January 1969 (276)
Repr: The Dial, LXXIV, April 1923, between pp.356 and 357 as 'Portraits'; Roger Allard, Marie Laurencin (Paris 1925), p.37 as 'Portraits' 1918; Der Querschnitt, V, No.8, August 1925, facing p.721 (detail) as the property of the Leicester Galleries, London

The artist told Frank McEwen in a letter of May 1951 that this picture was painted in Madrid in 1915. Cecilia de Madrazo, a young Spaniard, is the girl with the hat; the other figure is the artist herself, and the dog is her dog, bought from an English sailor at Malaga. Marie Laurencin was staying in Madrid with the Madrazos at the time. As she had married the German painter Otto von Wätjen in 1914, she and her husband were obliged to spend the war years in neutral Spain.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.409, reproduced p.409

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