Marie Laurencin, Women in the Forest, 1920. © Fondation Foujita/Artists Rights Society, New York/ADAGP, Paris

Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

OCTOBER 22, 2023-JANUARY 21, 2024

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The first major U.S. exhibition devoted to the French artist in more than 30 years, Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris is a timely reassessment of her distinctive and decidedly female-centered body of work. She was part of the male-dominated Cubist avant-garde in prewar Paris, as well as lesbian literary and artistic circles, and her resume ranged from portraits commissioned by Coco Chanel and Helena Rubinstein to costume and set designs for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. On view are some 50 of her paintings, works on paper, illustrated books, and ballet costumes, as well as pieces by such contemporaries and collaborators as Max Ernst, Jean Metzinger, and Francis Picabia.