Every time I go to Paris, I force whomever is traveling with me to go to Musee de L'Orangerie, near the Louvre. This is the home of the oval rooms which house the Monet water lily series, but also where I get to visit some of my favorite paintings, those of Marie Laurencin.
I could give you a biography of Laurencin, but you can Google all those things. Suffice to say that she was divorced long before it was acceptable to do so, the lover of the poet Guillaume Appolinaire, and a friend to just about every cool and influential artist and performer in Paris from World War I through World War II. So in additional to being talented and innovative, she lived the life of a pioneer of art and feminism.
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