Ossip Zadkine

Wizebsk, Belarus 1890-1967 Paris

both friends


lithography on chamois-colored vellum

stamp of Bodensee-Verlag Amriswil

hand signed and numbered 4/50 on the lower right

titled and inscribed "Les deux amis" on the reverse

catalog No. 119, Lit. Thieme/Becker 36, Vollmer 5 + 6

sujet 76.5 x 56.5 cm, size with frame 88 x 67 cm

provenance: Berlin private collection


Ossip Zadkine (Vitebsk, Belarus 1890-1967 Paris) was a Belorussian-French painter and sculptor of Cubism. After attending a School of Art in Sunderland as a Royal Polytechnic Institution in London, he moved to Paris in 1910 and joined the new Cubism movement. He met artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Guillaume Apollinaire, Jacques Lipchitz and Pablo Picasso. During this time, Zadkine exhibited in Berlin ("Free Secession"), in Amsterdam ("De Onafhankelijken") and in London ("Allied Artists Association"). After 1925, the artist developed his own style, which is strongly oriented towards primitivism. During the First World War he worked as a orderlies at the front. During this time, he made drawings and watercolors about the war. Among other things, a series of 20 war etchings was created. In 1929, Zadkine married Valentine Pax (1897-1981). After the outbreak of the Second World War, the couple fled to the USA, where Zadkine taught at the Art Students League of New York. After the war, he returned to France. Ossip Zadkine died in Paris in 1967 at the age of 77. He rests on the Cimetière du Montparnasse. His most famous work is probably the sculpture "The Ruined City", a 6.50 m high bronze sculpture, which was created in 1951-53: a monument commemorating the wanton destruction of Rotterdam by the German Air Force 1940.


price: 790 €