OSSIP ZADKINE (Russian/French / 1890-1967)

Ossip Zadkine was born Yossel Aronovitch Tsadkin in Vitebsk in Belarus. His first studies were at the Sunderland Art School (bizarrely, Zadkine had been sent to Sunderland at the age of 15 to learn good manners). He later attended the Arts and Crafts School in London, before going to Paris in 1909 to study briefly at the Beaux-Arts in the studio of Antoine Injalbert. In 1911 Zadkine established himself in a studio in rue Rousselet, which he kept until 1928, when he moved to the studio at 100, rue d'Assas, which is now the Musée Zadkine. By 1912 Zadkine was mixing with the artistic avant-garde, including Apollinaire, Cendrars, Archipenko, Lipchitz, Brancusi, and Picasso. He adapted the principles of Cubism to sculpture in three dimensions. In WWI he served as a stretcher-bearer, and was wounded in action. Around 1918, Zadkine was naturalised French. In 1920 he married the painter Valentine Prax. They spent the years of the Nazi occupation of France in WWII in the USA. On his return to France, Zadkin taught at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, and then from 1962 at the École des Beaux-Arts. He also had his own School of Sculpture. Ossip Zadkine is recognised as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. See C. Czwiklitzer, Ossip Zadkine: L'oeuvre gravé, 1967.

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Selected prints by OSSIP ZADKINE

Haute mâlerie, 1967

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