Monday, 1 November 2010

Musée Zadkine, Paris

Ossip Zadkine in Deurne, The Netherlands, 1928
Photo: N. Wiegersma/Zadkine Foundation
Of particular interest to many people are the museums that were once the residences or studios of the artists. Many of these buildings have been lost over the years (for instance the Bateau-Lavoir where Picasso and many others worked was destroyed by fire in 1970), but several survive.  Even with some necessary modernization done, you can easily imagine the artist working and living in the area. (I guess I like to picture myself working and living in these studios too).

One of these treasures is the Musée Zadkine, 100 bis, rue d’Assas, Paris

This is a beautiful museum where the artist Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967) worked and lived from 1928 to1967 (except during the war years when he was in the U.S. and taught at New York City's Art Students League.) His wife left the studio and their personal collection to the City of Paris, saving this important piece of art history.

Zadkine was born in Russia, and settled in Paris about 1910.  Here he was in good company with Brancusi, Picasso, Apollinaire, Lipchitz, Bourdelle, Modigliani, and Matisse to name a few.  Zadkine wrote poetry, produced prints, drawings and paintings, but is best known for his sculpture.

Homage to
Van Gogh
The museum displays a large collection of Zadkine’s sculpture as well as his paintings and photographs. They also hold temporary exhibitions of contemporary work.

If you need an art fix, but don’t have the time or energy for the Musée d’Orsay or the Louvre, this is one of the smaller museums you will certainly enjoy. Sit in Zadkine’s garden and picture yourself in Paris, 1920. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Zadkine Foundation biography

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