Monday, June 14, 2010

One Man's Trash... Is Another Man's Treasure

I LOVE the artist, Marie Laurencin. I was first exposed to her charming work in Paris at the Musee de l'Orangerie... some people fall in love with Monet's Water Lilies... Me? I fell in love with Laurencin's Portrait of Miss Chanel - a portrait which Mademoiselle Chanel rejected.

Anyhow, I'm a frequent supporter of Housing Works, a community-based AIDS service organization in the United States that runs multiple social enterprises that help pay for services they provide, spread awareness of their mission, and provide jobs to graduates of their Job Training Program. One of their social enterprises is a chain of upscale thrift shops located throughout New York City. When you make a donation to or purchase from a Housing Works shop, you're giving a second chance to the more than 2,500 homeless HIV-positive New Yorkers the group serves each year... Guilt-free shopping. My favorite kind.

My latest find? A real score. A signed Marie Laurencin lithograph of the portrait "Juliette" (1920). SO FREAKIN' LUCKY!!! Am eagerly awaiting its arrival and will take better photos of it when it arrives.

How big a deal is this? This exact litho is currently hanging at the MoMA in New York City. Click HERE to see.


JennySRP said...

Actually this reminds me a bit of Liza's film!

lepetitdoodler said...

the graphite work... yes! her film was so sweet.


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