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Marie Laurencin

(French, 1883-1956)

Jeune Fille, signed upper right "Marie Laurencin", oil on canvas, Paris colorman stamp verso, 16-1/4 x 13 in. (40.64 x 33.02 cm.); original painted and gilt wood frame, 26-1/2 x 23-1/4 in. 

Note: Brunk Auctions would like to thank Daniel Marchesseau for confirming the authenticity of this lot.

This lot is accompanied by Two memorial exhibition brochures from Galerie M. Benezi June 1 - July 1, 1963 and Paul Rocenberg & Co., New York, December 3-29, 1956 and four letter of correspondence:

Christmas Card, 1954, Nymphe et biche, 1929 reproduced, with envelope;

Personal Letter, dated 5 November [1954]

“Dear Young Friend-Dear Violette- 

Thank you for this fresh letter.../I started to feel cold, horrible trial won but without result, pursues me and tires me..La Fa Paise/ and in translation, a dead end/from Compton MacKensie and others of course/-Matisse is dead-/I knew him well/Derain too-/They were both highly educated - in everything./Derain, musician and living in a kind of metaphysics/...visit to Andre Beucler's studio. He wrote a book on Leon-Paul Farque's extraordinary life./It has just been translated in America.

Here is an embrace for you two, Violette
Your,
Marie Laurencin

Personal Letter on letterhead, dated & April 1956, with envelope and two photographs of the artist inscribed verso, the address of Marguerite Yourcenar and her partner, Grace Frick, Mt. Desert Island, Maine

“Dear Violette,

Thank you for your affectionate letter./The big cold, although well heated, tired me. Even in my old age, I work-/See the last two photos taken by Geneva radio where I am surrounded by books./Suzanne takes care of the home carefully./About Marguerite Yourcenar/to which I sent the same photos we do not know but-/Pierre Caillou, publisher, Geneva must publish a book written by me when ??

To your husband and you
Marie Laurencin”
7 rue Massereau Paris 7eant”


Personal Letter on letterhead, dated & April 1956, with envelope and two photographs of the artist inscribed verso, the address of Marguerite Yourcenar and her partner, Grace Frick, Mt. Desert Island, Maine

“Dear Violette,

Thank you for your affectionate letter./The big cold, although well heated, tired me. Even in my old age, I work-/See the last two photos taken by Geneva radio where I am surrounded by books./Suzanne takes care of the home carefully./About Marguerite Yourcenar/to which I sent the same photos we do not know but-/Pierre Caillou, publisher, Geneva must publish a book written by me when ??

To your husband and you
Marie Laurencin”

Letter from the partner of Marie Laurencin, Suzanne Moreau, dated 3 January 1957, with envelope.

“Dear Madam

Thank you for remembering me. I am messed up and have been sad many days./Know Madame is irreplaceable and gone so __ no one cares to think of such a brutal end./For me, despite the friendship of friends, I feel wrinkles around me./I do not resolve myself or think that I would never hear her pretty voice again, and I did not care to take care of her, life is sometimes too cruel./Mr. Rosenberg and all his family have been true friends to me./Believe dear Madame that I do not forget you and your husband, and send you my best wishes for 57./If you come to France I would be happy to see you to talk to you about what is no longer.

I send you my admiral remembrance.
Suzanne Moreau”

Provenance:Galerie Benezit, Paris, France, purchased circa 1953; Private Collection, Charlottesville, Virginia

Condition:

original strainer and tacking edge, canvas slightly slack; frame with some losses

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$36,900
12/05/2020

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