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Bequeathed by Kineton Parkes in 1938
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Photograph mounted on green card
Materials and Techniques
Height: 33 cm height of card mount, Width: 26.6 cm width of card mount
Object history note
This photograph is from a collection bequeathed by William Kineton Parkes in 1938. Kineton Parkes was a novelist, art historian and librarian, who was best known for his writing on sculpture. He sent out questionnaires to sculptors in the 1920s, which are now held in the Archive of Art and Design. This photograph is one of many which were sent to Kineton Parkes by the sculptors he approached to complete the questionnaire.
Photograph of a terracotta head of Marie Laurencin by Hermann Haller
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
The following excerpt is from a brief biography of French painter, portrait artist, and set designer, Marie Laurençin, by Elizabeth Ashburn at the GLBTQ Archive:
'In 1914 Laurençin married Baron Otto von Wätjen. For the duration of World War I, she and her husband took refuge in Spain. In 1921 she returned to Paris and divorced von Wätjen. While Laurençin had a succession of male lovers, she also had close female friendships and lesbian relationships. She became part of the female expatriate community in Paris that sought both artistic and sexual liberation. Lesbianism, for many of these women, was a crucial element of their resistance to bourgeois social conventions.
The first American who befriended Laurençin and bought her paintings was Gertrude Stein. Laurençin soon became part of the Stein salon on rue de Fleurus, where artists, writers, and intellectuals met for conversation and inspiration. Laurençin remained in contact with Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas until Stein's death in 1946 and continued to see Toklas until her own death.
She also met Natalie Barney during these early years in Paris and corresponded with her during the period 1940 to 1950. As another expression of her interest in lesbianism, late in her career Laurençin illustrated Sappho's poetry, in a translation by Edith de Beaumont [in 1950]'.
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