Les Jeunes Filles or Le Ballet

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Marie Laurencin (1883-1956), Les Jeunes Filles or Le Ballet, 1912, etching, signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left in pencil 19/25, dedicated in pencil “a Andre Fernet/en souvenir du 15 Fevrier 1913. Reference: Marchessau 21, only state. In very good condition, printed on cream laid paper with the watermark Eug. Delatre BFK. 7 7/8 x 9 3/4, the sheet 10 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches.

A fine fresh impression, with plate tone, printed on cream laid paper; a rare early Laurencin proof.

During the early years of the 20th century, Laurencin was an important figure in the Parisian avant-garde, a friend of Georges Braque and a member of the circle of Picasso. She became romantically involved with Picasso’s friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, and has often been identified as his muse.

André Charles Fernet (1886-1916), to whom this impression was dedicated by Laurencin, was a French aviator and writer, killed in aerial combat in 1916.