Trivium Art HistoryMarie Laurencin

The Fan

The Fan, 1919 — Marie Laurencin
30.5 cm30 cm

The Fan is an Early Modernist, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Marie Laurencin in 1919. It lives at the Tate Britain in London. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Women. Source

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. 

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