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Marie Laurencin

Born 1883, Died 1956
The French painter, stage designer and illustrator Marie Laurencin was born in Paris. She first studied porcelain painting in Sèvres in 1901 and then at the Académie Humbert (1903-4) where she met Braque and Picabia. She joined the artists' circle at the Bateau-Lavoir and became friends with Derain, and Picasso and the poet and critic Guillaume Apollinaire with whom she became romantically involved. After the war, which she spent in Spain, Laurencin developed her attractive and popular style featuring women delicately painted or drawn in soft pastel hues. Laurencin showed with Robert Delaunay at the Galerie Barbazanges,
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