Monday, April 30, 2012

Z = Zadkine, Ossip - Artist - A to Z Final!

From Russia, Zadkine came to Paris . . .



Ossip Zadkine, (July 14, 1890 – November 25, 1967) was a Belarusian-born artist who came to live in France.  He's primarily known as a sculptor, but he also produced paintings and lithographs.  He left behind a legacy.


After attending art school in London, Zadkine settled in Paris about 1910.  There he became part of the new Cubist movement between 1914-1925, although his style was influenced by African Art.  In 1920, he married Valentine Prax, a painter.  There were no children.


Our first introduction to Ossip Zadkine was seeing this sculpture in the photo below.  We had come to visit Les Deux Magots in the Latin quarter, which was a neighbour to Prometheus in the square.  The statue caught our attention right away. 

'Prometheus', Ossip Zadkine, Latin Quarter, by DG Hudson



Zadkine's best known work is the sculpture The Destroyed City, 1951-1953, a man without a heart, a memorial to the destruction of the centre of Rotterdam in 1940.




The Destroyed City, Zadkine-Wikipedia, CC



Between 1955 and 1960 he produced sculptures dedicated to Vincent van Gogh. He dedicated a statue, Two Brothers van Gogh to Zundert, Vincent's birthplace.  Zadkine died in Paris in 1967 at the age of 77, after undergoing abdominal surgery.  He was interred in the Cimetiere du Montparnasse.


His former home and studio in the 6th arrondissement were converted into the Musee Zadkine.  This museum is near the historic St-Germain-des-Pres neighbourhood.  It's a free Paris museum dedicated to the sculptor Ossip Zadkine, from the "Ecole de Paris" school of art (1929-1967). We plan to visit there next time. . .


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Are you a fan of sculpture? Ever heard of Ossip Zadkine?  Do you like the works of Vincent Van Gogh?  Please let me know in the comments.  Are you glad this is the last A - Z post?


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References:


http://www.zadkine.com/life/biography  Zadkine Biography

http://www.zadkine.com/life  Photo of the Artist

16 comments:

  1. I have never heard of Ossip Zadkine, so thanks for sharing. I do admire Van Gogh's creativity. I don't know if it's the same time period, but I really admire Monet's paintings.

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    1. I'm a Van Gogh fan, too, and I'm glad you liked the post.

      Irving Stone wrote a biography called Lust for Life which tells some of the background about Vincent. I read it years ago, but it gave me a better understanding of the artist.
      Thanks for the follow!

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  2. I haven't heard of him, but I bet my husband has. I'll have to ask him. :)

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    1. If he likes cubism, he probably will, as Zadkine hung out with the other cubist artists.

      Zadkine has that Russian strength in his work, refined with the French touch to give it elegance.

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  3. i am a big fan of sculpture---i am not familiar with this one--but i absolutely love what you have shown and will be looking at him closer--thank you for all of your wonderful posts--they have wet, anew, my great love of art and knowledge!

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  4. I like some sculpture.
    And sad to see it end, but I am exhausted!

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    1. I'm tired too, this isn't my regular schedule. Thanks for being a co-host, Alex!

      I'll have my Reflections post ready!

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  5. I hadn't heard of Zadkine but I've seen those two sculptures. That reminds me: Never have stomach surgery in the early 1900s. Great post.

    http://francene-wordstitcher.blogspot.com/

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  6. Super interesting post. I love those statues. I've enjoyed your A to Z posts. Great job and congratulations on finishing!

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  7. I like sculpture but I'm not familiar with Zadkine. I've been to Rotterdam, which looks very different from Amsterdam because it's all new due to the aforementioned bombing and destruction; Amsterdam still has that old-world feel.

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  8. Prometheus looks like some monster H.P. Lovecraft dreamed up. Actually, Lovecraft hated Cubism, indeed all modern art, and I've always wondered if he got a sneaky sort of revenge by describing his beasties like Cubist sculptures.

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  9. I knew of him and I do like sculpture. I spent many lunch hours relaxing in the sculpture garden at UCLA when I worked there. Congrats on finishing the challenge and I am so glad to have met you. Now we go on to our regular life and posts. It has been a lot of fun though.

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  10. Thanks for the introduction - I'm not familiar with Zadkine. I do like Van Gogh and think its cool another artist would dedicate works to him.

    Congrats on completing A to Z...with style. ;)

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  11. Hi DG .. I'm not - but my eyes are opening to so many things as I age?! So I'd like to go there .. and when I next go to Cornwall I'd like to visit Hepworth's studio and garden .. as sculpture is a subject I really should try and understand ...

    So when I get to Paris I shall go visiting the Zadkine museum .. great ending to an excellent A - Z .. cheers Hilary

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  12. Never heard of this artist and his is a name I wouldn't forget. I'm not a big fan a sculpture, but I can appreciate it. I prefer painting and other hangable artwork.

    Congratulations on making it through the A to Z Challenge. Join us on May 7th with your Challenge Reflections post.

    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. I'll be on that list! Thanks for stopping by, Lee. The challenge was an experiment for me, regarding deadlines.

      I'm sure there's a statue somewhere that you'll like, you just have to discover it.

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