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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Born in Birmingham England in 1932.

Attended the Moseley School of Art and the Birmingham Collage of art. Worked for ten years as an illustrator at Central Studios Birmingham. Worked for five years as a fine art restorer in Rome.

Went to Spain in 1973 to paint.

Marie Laurencin

Marie Laurencin

Marie Laurencin (October 31, 1883–June 8, 1956) was a French painter and printmaker.

Laurencin was born in Paris, where she was raised by her mother and lived much of her life. At 18, she studied porcelain painting in Sèvres. She then returned to Paris and continued her art education at the Académie Humbert, where she changed her focus to oil painting.

During the early years of the 20th century, Laurencin was an important figure in the Parisian avant-garde and a member of the circle of Pablo Picasso. She became romantically involved with Picasso's friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, and has often been identified as his muse. In addition, Laurencin had important connections to the salon of the American expatriate and famed lesbian writer Natalie Clifford Barney.

During the First World War, Laurencin left France for exile in Spain with her German-born husband, Baron Otto von Waëtjen, since through her marriage she had automatically lost her French citizenship. The couple subsequently lived together briefly in Düsseldorf. After they divorced in 1920, she returned to Paris, where she lived for the rest of her life and where she achieved great success as an artist.

Laurencin's works include paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints. She is known as one of the few female Cubist painters, with Sonia Delaunay, Marie Vorobieff, and Franciska Clausen[citation needed]. While her work does show the influence of Cubist painters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who was her close friend, she developed a unique approach to abstraction which often centered on the representation of groups of women and female portraits. Further, her work lies outside the bounds of Cubist norms in her pursuit of a specifically feminine aesthetic by her use of pastel colors and curvilinear forms. Laurencin, when painting her tender visions, attempted to reaffirm feminine seduction in the face of victorious modernism. The insistence on the creation of a visual vocabulary of femininity in her art can be seen as a response to what some consider to be the arrogant masculinity of Cubism. Laurencin continued to explore themes of femininity and feminine modes of representation until her death.

In 1983, on the one hundredth anniversary of Laurencin's birth, the Musée Marie Laurencin opened in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. The museum is home to more than 500 of her works and an archive.

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