Lot 119
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Henri Laurens

100,000 - 150,000 USD
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  • Henri Laurens
  • Femme agenouillée
  • Bronze
  • Height: 13 1/4 in.
  • 33.7 cm


Galerie Simon, Paris (no. 11111/1)
Bucholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York
Mr. & Mrs. Stanley B. Resor, Greenwich, Connecticut (acquired from the above by 1945)
Private Collection, United States (by descent from the above)
Acquired from the above


Werner Hofmann, The Sculpture of Henri Laurens, New York, 1970, illustration of another cast p. 129

Catalogue Note

Conceived in 1929, Femme Agenouillée marks a significant point of transition for Laurens. The austere precision demanded by Laurens’ early Cubist style was abandoned in the 1920s as the artist sought to inject more expressiveness into his work. Along with his friends Braque and Gris, Laurens began to explore a type of Cubism that retained key elements of the style but incorporated greater naturalism; angular compositions are softened by the introduction of flowing forms, giving his sculpture a new sensuality. Femme Agenouillée retains the angularity characteristic of Cubism, yet the presented form is infused with fluidity and offers the viewer a very sensual pose—that of an odalisque, the traditional nineteenth-century motif, or something even earlier, as Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler describes: ‘‘Each of Laurens’ works is a consistent, integral whole, but at the same time it is imbued with a gentle sensuousness. His art is very French; its graceful, flowing forms remind me of the sixteenth-century sculptor Jean Goujon’’ (Werner Hofmann, The Sculpture of Henri Laurens, New York, 1970, p. 50).