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Nude, 1950

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Color lithograph on paper
56.5×38 cm


  • Henri Laurens

    (Paris 1885–1954 Paris)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This lithograph by the French sculptor and draftsman Henri Laurens (1885–1954) shows a bizarre body. The female nude appears distorted to such an extent that it only roughly corresponds to anatomical facts. Individual limbs are excessively enlarged, elongated and bent, resulting in a rather peculiar creature. Through the interplay of the fullness created by the color zones and the flowing lines of the graphic details, the seated figure is invested with a space-filling presence. From 1911, Laurens belonged to the narrow circle of Cubists. Influenced by the works of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) and Georges Braque (1882–1963), he began to transfer Cubist motifs and ideas to his sculptural works. After 1920, Laurens formulated a softer design vocabulary and a more compact volume in his post-Cubist works. In his late oeuvre, he distanced himself from Cubist formulas in his sculptures and explored the theme of body and space in the plane in printed graphic works created alongside his sculptural work.

Object data

  • Henri Laurens
Art movement
Art after 1945
Graphic work
Color lithograph on paper
56.5×38 cm
Signed lower left: H. Laurens; numbered lower right: 88/200
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 3698
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994

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