Henri Laurens, ‘Femme nue allongée’, 1924, HELENE BAILLY GALLERY

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Mr Quentin Laurens.

Signature: Signed with monogram and dated lower right : HL ; 1924

L'Effort Moderne Gallery, Paris, n°8340. Label on the back.
Edmond Bomsel, before 1939.

About Henri Laurens

Henri Laurens began his career creating wood and polychrome plaster sculptures, drawing on the tenets of Cubism and adopting such typically Cubist subjects as dissected human figures, guitars, and still lifes. For instance, Clown (1915), which drew on Pablo Picassos’s assemblages, consists of juxtaposed spheres, cones, and cylinders. As his career progressed, Laurens shifted toward subtler low-relief terracottas, eventually forsaking his fragmented geometric style in favor of a more natural, curvilinear one. He became known for highly abstract, rhythmic female nudes, often reclining or bathing, made from stone or bronze. Works such as La Grande Sirène (1945) and Amphion (1952) reinterpret themes from Greco-Roman mythology; Laurens approached his sculptures with a vague notion of how they should look, but increasingly succumbed to subconscious inspiration. Besides sculpting, he was also prolific in collage, printmaking, and illustration.

French, 1855-1954, Paris, France