|SCULPTOR, ENGRAVER (FRANCE)|
BORN 18 Feb 1885, Paris - DIED 5 May 1954, Paris|
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montparnasse Cimetière (division 07)
Laurens was as a stonemason and decorator before he became a sculptor. From 1911 he knew Picasso, Braque, Gris and Léger and he started to make cubist sculpture. In the twenties he turned to organic objects and figures from mythology and his work became more realistic. He also illustrated books.
His tomb at the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris is decorated by one of his own works, 'La Douleur' ('Grief'). Like many of his works this is a massive figure.
Work: "Grande femme au miroir" (1929, bronze); "La Musicienne" (1938, bronze); "L'Archange" (1948, bronze).
Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1991
Den Haag Sculptuur 98, Connaissance des Arts, Paris, 1998
Murray, Peter & Linda Murray, The Penguin Dictionary of Arts & Artists, Fourth Edition, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1981
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