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Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

October 22, 2023
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 21, 2024

Organizer: Barnes Foundation

Where: Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130 United States


Beginning in the early 20th century, French artist Marie Laurencin (1883–1956) created a unique pictorial world that placed women at the center of modern art. With a highly original painting style that defied categorization, she moved seamlessly between the male-dominated cubist avant-garde, lesbian literary and artistic circles, and the realms of fashion, ballet, and decorative arts. On view in the Roberts Gallery, this exhibition explores Laurencin’s career, from her self-portraits to her collaborative decorative projects; from her early cubist paintings to her signature work—feminine and discreetly queer—that defined 1920s Paris. Presenting more than 50 works by Laurencin, it examines how her visualization of a “Sapphic modernity” subtly but radically challenges existing narratives of modern European art.

Adults $25; seniors $23; students $5; members free. More information can be found here.