Tête de jeune fillette
Tate, London, UK
An appearance of smooth, organic and abstracted mutations of the materials themselves Laurens’s various sculptures of female heads are similar to the heads by Constantin Brancusi. And like Brancusi the artist turned to non-Western sources for inspiration, notably African masks. The artist softened the complex Cubist fracturing of planes, reducing his work to a few simple geometric shapes and interplay between the curve forms of the base and oval shape of the head and triangular shapes that make up the face.
Cubism, Interwar Classicism
Born: 18 February 1885, Paris, France
Died: 5 May 1954, Paris, France
Laurens was a sculptor and illustrator. Mostly associated with pre-war Cubism he indulged in a wide range of artistic practices. After the war he saw the Cubist movement as too dogmatic and his work acceded to the formal and thematic influences of Classical sculpture