Henri Laurens was a French sculptor born in Paris in 1885. He worked as a stonemason before taking drawing classes that inspired him to pursue a career in sculpture and illustration. Laurens joined a group of artists in Paris’s Montparnasse neighbourhood, meeting Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Fernand Léger.
From 1915 on, he sculpted in the Cubist style. In 1937 he received the Helena Rubinstein Prize for his work, and the following year shared an exhibition with Braque and Picasso. Laurens was also featured in the 1948 Venice Biennale. He died in Paris in 1954.
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