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Marie Laurencin (1885-1956)
France
Two Women at Piano, 1913-14
Oil on canvas
39 1/2 x 32 in. (100.3 x 81.3 cm)
Gift of Lilian S. Adler, 1964.160
2002 Artists Right Society (ARS), ADAGP, Paris

Signed lower left of center: "Marie Laurencin"

Description:
Two women standing beside a piano gaze directly at the viewer. The piano is in the lower left corner. The woman in the center front wears a flowered, large-brimmed hat and holds a sheet of music. In the upper right corner is a small image of a woman riding a horse.

Alternate Titles:
Les deux femmes au piano
Jeunes Filles au piano

Provenance:

By at least 1921:   (Paul Rosenberg [1881-1959], Paris [1])
     
By at least 1924-June 9, 1933:   Georges Bénard, Paris, sold at G. B. [Georges Bénard] sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 9, 1933, lot 47, to [2]
     
June 9, 1933-?:   (Duveen [3])
     
?- ca.1943:   Mr. and Mrs. Johnathan Griffin, London, sold to
     
Ca. 1943:   (Theodore Schempp, New York, sold to)
     
ca. 1943-1979:   Lillian S. Adler [d. 1979], Cincinnati, given with life interest to [4]
     
1979-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum


Notes:
[1] Marie Laurencin, Galerie Paul Rosenberg, Paris, 1921, no. 4.

[2] Published as being in Georges Bénard's collection in Albert Flament, "Arabesques sur Marie Laurencin," La Renaissance d l'art français, September 1924, p. 479.

[3] An annotated copy of the auction catalogue from the June 9, 1933, Hôtel Drouot sale, held at the Getty Research Institute, identifies Duveen as the purchaser of the painting.

[4] Adler gave the painting to the CAM in 1964 with life interest reserved. The work did not actually come to the CAM until after her death in 1979.

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