Closing February 23rd 2012, this exhibition organized from the permanent collection features self-portraits by several well-known artists, including Paul Kane, Zacharie Vincent, Augustus John and this lithograph by Marie Laurencin.
Laurencin was an accomplished painter and printmaker. Active in the 20th-century Parisian avant-garde, she was part of the circle that included artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque and poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Her work in abstraction shows the influence of the cubists, adapted to a feminine aesthetic through the use of pastel colours and curvilinear forms.
RiverBrink founder Sam Weir first encountered this lithograph in 1931 at an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the AGO). While it is undated, it may have been completed while Laurencin was studying porcelain painting at Sevres.