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Ossip Zadkine
Le Village à l'Aqueduc by Ossip Zadkine - Gouache on paper, landscape art




Le Village à l'Aqueduc by OSSIP ZADKINE (1890-1967) Gouache on paper 54.5 x 70 cm (21 1⁄2 x 27 1⁄2 inches) Signed lower left, O. Zadkine 28 Artist biography School of Paris sculptor, painter of watercolours and gouaches, lithographer and tapestry designer, Ossip Zadkine was born in July 1890 in Smolensk, Russia. He was sent to Sunderland in 1905 to study English, but soon began attending art classes instead. Zadkine moved to London in 1906, where he studied sculpture at Regent Street Polytechnic and the Central School. In 1910, Zadkine moved to Paris, where he spent a few months studying at the École des Beaux-Arts. Over the next few years, he became acquainted with artistic and literary figures such as Apollinaire, Brancusi, Archipenko, Lipchitz and Picasso. In his studio, he began to experiment with carving in wood and stone, making simplified figures partly influenced by Romanesque art. Between 1914 and 1925, Zadkine was associated with the new Cubist movement. His experiments in different styles and movements ultimately led him to develop his own personal style, one that was strongly influenced by African art. After serving in the French Army during the Second World War, Zadkine held his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Le Centaure, Brussels in 1919. From 1925, the artist began to create towering, cubist-inspired sculptures of figures, sometimes several amassed figures, in bronze, wood and marble. In these sculptural compositions, he combined angular lines and sharp edges and smooth concave and convex planes. During the Second World War, he took refuge in New York before returning to settle in Paris in 1945, where he taught at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. After visiting the bombed Dutch city of Rotterdam after the war, Zadkine created what is perhaps his best-known sculpture, The Destroyed City (1951-1953). It shows a man without a heart, as a tribute to the destruction of the city. Zadkine was awarded the main sculpture prize at the 1950 Venice Biennale, as well as the grand prize of the city of Paris in 1960. Following the success of The Destroyed City, Zadkine was invited to create monuments in Japan, Amsterdam and elsewhere. Today, his work can be found at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Tate Collections in London and at the MoMA in New York. A large collection of his work is housed in his former home and studio, now the Musée Zadkine in Paris.


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