Framed portraits of two women lock eyes with the viewer. The deftly simplified forms and palette of rose pink, grey and blue is the mark of Marie Laurencin’s matured work. It’s suggested that the woman in the oval frame may be the artist herself, and the woman in the blue ribbon may be her rumored lover — the dressmaker Nicole Groult. Whoever they may be, their quiet gaze is both intimate and confident.
Reed Enger, "The Fan," in Obelisk Art History, Published January 29, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/marie-laurencin/the-fan/.