Laurencin was born in Paris and trained as a porcelain painter at Sèvres in 1901. She then continued her studies at a school in Paris and finally at the Humbert Academy where she met the artist Georges Braque (1882 – 1963). As a result Laurencin met Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and the writer Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), who adopted her and integrated her in their discussions on art theory and what would later become Cubism.
However, Marie Laurencin’s art was not thoroughly influenced by her contemporaries – she maintained poetic motifs such a dreamy girls and graceful forms using soft shading and pastel colours. Laurencin’s work is strongly influenced by Persion miniature painting and the frivolous grace of pieces from the Rococo.
In 1907 she exhibited at the Salon des Independents. She also exhibited at Barbazanges’ and Rosenberg’s salons. Her work turned toward the theatrical from 1924 onwards, as she produced stage designs for the Ballets russe and Comédie Francaise.