Henri Laurens (1885-1954) was a renowned French sculptor and illustrator, prominently associated with the Cubist movement. His early works displayed a heavy influence from African art, but as he grew, so did his affinity for Cubism, particularly under the influence of his close friend Georges Braque. His sculptures, primarily composed of bronze and terracotta, are characterized by their abstracted, fragmented forms. Laurens' notable pieces have been exhibited at prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London. By the 1920s, Laurens expanded his style to encompass more curvilinear, voluminous forms, which stood in contrast to the rigid geometric style of his earlier pieces.