Henri Laurens was born in Paris in 1885. Impaired by tuberculosis when he was only 17, he is leg-amputated seven years later. First a stone cutter, he then becomes sculptor. In 1899, he studies drawing. Henry Laurens will be strongly influenced by cubism he discovers as soon as 1908 at « La Ruche ». Attracted by the Montparnasse artists group, in 1911, he starts sculpting in a cubist way. Friend of Juan Gris, Picasso, Laurens is also extremely close to Braque (who considered Laurens as a brother). The artist who dedicates most of his work to the human face will destroy a lot of a artpieces only to leave the ones successfully accomplished. Artist recognized worlwide, his last 10 years production (« La Grande baigneuse », 1947, « L'Automne », 1948) will be bought by the most famous museums. « His way of breathing, touching, feeling, thinking becomes object, becomes sculpture » will write Giacometti. Henri Laurens died in 1954 in Paris.
Child MODERN SCULPTURE/1930-1970 / William Kenneth Armiage, Constantin Brancusi, Anthony Caro, Naum Gabo, Pablo Gargallo, Isamu Noguchi, etc. CUBISM/1907-1925 / Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, Charles Dufresne, Jacques Lipchitz, Jean Metzinger, etc. SCHOOL OF PARIS MONTPARNASSE / 1915-1935 / Chaïm Soutine, Jacques Lipchitz, etc.
Exterminated 1947 Original etching, signed in pencil by the artist. Galerie Louise Leiris Ed., Paris.