DescriptionMARIE LAURENCIN (French, 1885-1956)
Deux jeunes filles avec l'oiseau
Watercolor and pencil on paper
9-1/2 x 7-3/8 inches (24.1 x 18.8 cm)
Signed in pencil upper left: Marie Laurencin
David B. Findlay Galleries, New York
Christie's East, Impressionist and Modern Art, May 8, 2001 (lot 66)
James and Ranee Cloud, Wake Forest, NC
Private Collection, Chapel Hill, NC
This wonderfully rich watercolor and pencil on paper by Marie Laurencin is instantly recognizable as being in the French painters mature style. The composition depicts two seated girls; the one closest to the viewer is reading and the second girl is admiring a small white bird perched on her right hand. The background of the painting is a series of blue, yellow, green, and grey color washes and the subjects are pulled from this color field background to the forefront of the composition by the contrast of the girl's white and very light color palettes. The complete sense of all over balance is achieved not only from the finely executed brush work but from the use of the strong teal blue accenting both the hat and hat band, the coat of one female and the coat trim of the other; and then finally down to a pair of boots. This work is just an extraordinary example of a calm, relaxed, and serene scene that is typically depicted in Laurencin's oeuvre.
Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000.
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