Lot 21
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Ossip Zadkine

80,000 - 120,000 USD
150,000 USD
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  • Ossip Zadkine
  • Buste de femme
  • incised with the artist's signature
  • cast stone


Mr. & Mrs. Edward Halper, Brooklyn (acquired in 1966)
Sotheby's Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, 5 April 1967, Lot 65A (consigned from the above)
Acquired from the above sale


Ionel Jianou, "Zadkine l'artiste et le poète" in Journal Artcurial, Paris, May 1979, no. 39 (illustration of the cement version, dated 1915)
Sylvain Lecombre, Ed., Musée Zadkine, Sculptures, Paris, 1989, no. 4a, p. 26, the bronze version illustrated
Sylvain Lecombre, Ossip Zadkine, L'Oeuvre sculpté, Paris, 1994, no. 44, p. 81, the wood and cement versions illustrated

Catalogue Note

Ossip Zadkine was born in Belarus, and like many Eastern European artists of Jewish descent of his generation, he later settled in Paris. Zadkine studied briefly under the celebrated French sculptor Jean-Antoine Injalbert in 1910 and quickly became an intellectual leader within the Parisian avant-garde. Zadkine’s early sculptures heavily identified with the emerging Cubist aesthetic of Braque, Picasso, and Leger, artists with whom he had frequent contact. Yet Zadine’s output always reflected a greater sense of romanticism through his free use curvilinear lines, much like the work of his friends Constantin Brancusi and Amadeo Modigliani, with whom he shared a studio after World War I.

An early expression of Zadkine's interest in primitive and African sculpture, Buste de femme was first carved in wood in 1914-15 and was later cast in stone during the artist’s lifetime. In 1972, it was cast in bronze in an edition of 8, plus 4 artist's proofs, by the Susse foundry. A version in cement is housed at the Zadkine Museum in Paris.