Marie Laurencin, ‘Poèmes de Sapho, illustrés de 23 eaux-fortes par Marie Laurencin’, 1950, Sylvan Cole Gallery

Sapho (Sappho).
Poèmes de Sapho.
Paris: Compagnie Francaise des Arts Graphiques, 1950.

THE GREATEST FEMALE POET ILLUSTRATED BY THE GREATEST FEMALE FRENCH BOOK ILLUSTRATOR.

A gorgeous edition of Sappho's poems, illustrated with 23 ORIGINAL ETCHINGS BY MARIE LAURENCIN.

In this book, Laurencin's etchings are considerably freer--in both technique and subject matter--than in the other books she illustrated.

Edition limited to 160 numbered copies. Beautifully printed on fine Lana wove paper.

8vo. Loose as issued in orginal wraps and publisher's folding case. Light wear to folding case, else FINE AND BRIGHT.

Very rare.

Publisher: Compagnie Française des Arts Graphiques

About Marie Laurencin

Marie Laurencin’s signature paintings feature graceful, pale-skinned, dark-eyed young women with dreamy expressions, rendered in pastel hues. After briefly flirting with the tenets of Cubism early on, Laurencin shied away from the modern styles of her day, drawing influence from Persian miniatures and the Rococo instead. Nonetheless, she befriended and exhibited alongside Pablo Picasso, including him in a group portrait along with herself and their respective lovers Fernande Olivier and Guillaume Apollinaire (Group of Artists, 1908). The anonymous seated figures in Women with a Dog (1923) exemplify the lyricism and idealized feminine beauty with which she was known to portray society women. In 1923 Coco Chanel commissioned a portrait, but rejected Laurencin’s image of her languishing in a chair for lack of likeness.

French, 1883-1956, Paris, France