Charm of Color
Marie Laurencin

Marie Laurencin

The Artist who painted portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel and Pablo Picasso
Marie Laurencin Embraces the World with Enchanting Color

¡°Marie Laurencin¡¯s art is the honor of our era.¡±
- Guillaume Apollinaire

¡°Marie Laurencin is this era¡¯s great novelty creating inventor.¡±
- Andre Salmon

¡°Only drawing thrills me and only drawing has value that I can agonizingly, forever pursue."
- Marie Laurencin

The first large-scale domestic retrospective exhibition of Marie Laurencin Who Drew the Women of Paris in Enchanting Colors

¡®Charm of Color¡¯ hosted jointly by Gaudium Associates, KBS and Seoul Arts Center: The Marie Laurencin exhibition is a large scale retrospective exhibition that for the first time in Korea displays the artist Marie Laurencin's enchantingly colored drawings of Parisian women. This exhibition, which exhibits a total of approximately 160 works including around 70 oil paintings, lithographs, watercolors, photos and books, shows the development of an obscure female artist of the early 20th century as she becomes the most beloved artist in Paris. A story told through her life that was full of variations of love, betrayal, delight and sadness. Moving away from the shadows of male oriented cubism and Fauvism within the art establishment, Marie Laurencin completed her own style through a unique style loyal to sensual colors and intuition and her works makes us raise the question 'What is this era's genuine beauty?' Moreover, as well as fashion and illustration, by shedding light on Laurencin's diverse activities, which included various art genres and also included literature, it adds to the significance of the country's first retrospective exhibition.

¡°Only drawing thrills me and only drawing has value that I can agonizingly, forever pursue."
- Marie Laurencin

Marie Laurencin (1883~1956), the main character of 'Le Pont Mirabeau', a famous poem written by poetic genius Guillaume Apollinaire with the verse¡®the River Seine flows below Pont Mirabeau', was a French female artist.
Born at the end of the 19th century in France, Marie Laurencin lived amidst the abyss of the First and Second World Wars. Even during such war-torn era, the absolute value that she harnessed was love. She received a passionate dedication of love from poet Guillaume Apollinaire and exchanged artistic and intellectual inspiration with Picasso, Chanel, Jean Cocteau and Camus.
More than anything, she seduced people with her own captivating sense of color. The incomparably charming pink, light blue, blue-green and grey full of melancholy rendered Marie Laurencin¡¯s work known to people even after seeing it just once.
Marie Laurencin's drawings overlap images by era including that of a childlike girl with a tender sensibility, a woman with passion and a middle period that contemplated life. By drawing a female that strokes smoothly and hugs, Marie gives a feeling of curing one's own pains. Seeing that death is everywhere and pain is infiltrating the world, Marie's mind may have earnestly craved peace and a world full of life.

The Female Artist who Represents France
Marie Laurencin (1883 - 1956)

Marie Laurencin painting <Three Young Girls> (1953)

¡°Grace begins with the delicacy of contrast.¡±

Marie Laurencin, the main character of Guillaume Apollinaire¡¯s poem Le Pont Mirabeau, and well known as his lover, interacted with the likes of Picasso, Apollinaire, Jean Cocteau and Modigliani at the ¡®Bateau Lavoir¡¯, a joint working place for Parisian artists in 1905. There she developed her artistic and creative world.

Laurencin drew a fantastic world made from intuition and mingled with pink, purple, blue, and grey. She ceaselessly embraced her emotional scars through her work and through this, was able to reconcile with the world.

View Point

01

Marie Laurencin¡¯s approximately 160 works exhibited for the first time in Seoul

A large scale retrospective exhibition, which exhibits a total of around 160 works including around 70 oil paintings, lithographs, watercolors, photos, illustrations and books.

02

From Fauvist Girl to Paris¡¯ Most Beloved Artist

An exhibition shows the development of an obscure female artist of the early 20th century as she becomes the most beloved artist in Paris. A story told through her life which was full of variations of love, betrayal, delight and sadness.

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What is True Beauty in This Era?

Moving away from the shadows of male oriented cubism and Fauvism within the art establishment, Marie Laurencin established her own unique style loyal to sensual colors and intuition. Her works will be a novel response to the question ¡®what is true beauty?¡¯

Section Information

Section 1 - Invitation to the Belle Epoque Era

Through photos featuring Marie Laurencin, the author representing that beautiful 20th century era, we return to the Paris of the Belle Epoque.

Section 2 - Youth Era

We examine the early works of the obscure artist Marie Laurencin. We meet her artistic world as she is introduced to the poet Guillaume Apollinaire by Pablo Picasso and transforms her art into the world of Cubism.

Pablo Picasso
1908, 41.4 x 33.3cm,
Oil on canvas,
Musée Marie Laurencin

Section 3 - Passionate Era

In a passionate love affair with Apollinaire, Laurencin moves away from her grey and brown centered early work. She begins to develop her own sense of color, gradually forming of greens, blues and pinks while portraying a strong cubist influence.

Elegant Ball or Country Dance
1913, 112 x 144cm,
Oil on canvas,
Musée Marie Laurencin

Diana
1921, 65.3 x 81.4cm,
Oil on canvas,
Musée Marie Laurencin

Section 5 - Era of Enthusiasm

Returning to France after the end of the First World War, for the first time Laurencin is able to concentrate solely on her work. She establishes her style of fuzzily drawing colors and contours, and many portrait orders from the likes of Coco Chanel and Helena Rubinstein flow in.

Marie de Medicis
1926, 93 x 74cm,
Oil on canvas,
Musée Marie Laurencin

Section 6 - Collaboration

Beginning with ¡®Andre Gide¡¯s¡¯ novel ¡®Attempt of Love¡¯, a diverse artistic world and activities are examined including book illustration works, published books and advertisements made Laurencin including ¡®Alice in Wonderland¡¯, ¡®Katherine Mansfield¡¯ and ¡®Garden Party¡¯.

Alice
1930, 22 x 21cm,
Lithograph,
Private Collection

Section 7 - Mature Era

Amidst a strengthened use of color, the latter part of the author¡¯s works is introduced that gives Laurencin¡¯s world a completed style of its own. The masterpiece ¡®Three Girls¡¯, completed in ten years, had its filming permitted especially for visitors of the Korean exhibitions.

Three girls
1938, 33 x 55cm,
Oil on canvas, Musée Marie Laurencin

Section 8 - <Le Carnet Du Nuit>

Reading of Marie Laurencin poems, published in a collection called ¡®Le Carnet Du Nuit¡¯, and those of Guillaume Apollinaire. Their poems are directly transcribed.

Le carnet des nuits
1956, 11 x 17cm,
Private Collection