Monday, February 1, 2010

Ossip Zadkine

Ossip Zadkine was born in Vitebsk, Belarus on 14 July 1890. In 1909 he attended the polytechnic and the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. Two years later he took part in the 'Salon des Ind├ępendants' for the first time and one year later joined the cubists. He served as a stretcher-bearer in World War I, which many of his scultpures will show an influnece of. "His strongly individual sculptures exploit the qualities of wood and metal in figurative compositions, exploring archetypal fantasies and the potential of space and mass by uniting substance with symbol." He later abandoned the Cubist restraints, combining baroque energy and the hieratic power of African sculpture.

La ville d├ętruite,1951
Bronze ,650 cm

Le cerf, 1923
Wood with gold patina
183 x 135 x 40 cm

Statue pour jardin, 1943
Bronze, 54 x 138.5 x 61 cm
Foundry: Tallix foundry, Beacon, New York

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