• Tête de Femme (Female Head) - Henri Laurens, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Tête de Femme (Female Head) - Henri Laurens, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Tête de Femme (Female Head) - Henri Laurens, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Tête de Femme (Female Head) - Henri Laurens, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Tête de Femme (Female Head) - Henri Laurens, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Tête de Femme (Female Head) - Henri Laurens, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Tête de Femme (Female Head) - Henri Laurens, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Tête de Femme (Female Head) - Henri Laurens, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Tête de Femme (Female Head) - Henri Laurens, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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Tête de Femme (Female Head)

Henri Laurens

(French, 1885-1954)

Signed with the monogram HL
Stamped C. Valsuani Cire Perdue and numbered 5/6
Bronze with dark brown patination
Height:16 5/8" (42.7 cm)

Conceived in 1925. This example cast circa 1950
Edition 5 of 6

Henri Laurens was one of the most influential sculptors of the twentieth century. Many of his works can now be admired in some of the world’s leading museum collections, such as the Guggenheim Museum and TATE Modern. Laurens worked in a wide variety of media, producing mainly sculptures, but also drawings, book illustrations, paintings and papier-collés. He was one of the most notable exponents of the cubist movement, collaborating and sharing exhibitions throughout his career with Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.

Laurens started sculpting at the age of fourteen, being initially influenced by the works of Auguste Rodin. At the turn of the century, the young artist moved to the neighborhood of Montmartre, which was soon to become one of the greatest centres of European art. He met Braque there in 1911; this encounter influenced greatly his production until 1922-1923.

From the mid 1920s onwards, Laurens drifted away from the rigid geometrism of his early cubist compositions; such a shift in style anticipates the formal quality of his ‘mature’ sculpture, which is characterized by softer, elongated lines, somewhat reminiscent of Henry Moore’s work.

In this panorama, Tête de Femme represents a crucial moment of Laurens’ artistic development. While his interest in geometrical abstraction is still evident, the elongated traits of the woman’s head, her melancholic gaze and somber appearance reference explicitly Amedeo Modigliani’s work. Laurens shared an intimate friendship with the Italian artist, who produced a portrait of him in 1919, now in a private collection.

Reworking Modigliani’s artistic experience in highly devised way, the present sculpture demonstrates Laurens’ ability to channel external influences to develop his own personal style. In 1935, ten years after this piece was first conceived, Laurens represented France at the Venice Biennale. By that time, the softness of the figure that characterizes Tête de Femme had become the most distinguished element of the artist’s work.

Modigliani – Jeanne Hébuterne

Works by Henri Laurens

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