- ZADKINE, Ossip
- Ossip Zadkine was born in Russia, came to London in 1907 and studied in Paris from 1909, where he met and was influenced by the Cubists. His works, in wood and stone, usually deal with figures from Greek mythology and are quasi-representational. Many of his wooden figures are very large, and have ingenious effects of silhouette obtained by cut-out shapes. Other works include a monument to van Gogh at Auvers-sur-Oise, and a memorial to the destruction of Rotterdam's (The Destroyed City, 1951-3) which 'touched' the imagination of the world'.
There are examples in Antwerp, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London (Tate), Norwich (Univ.), Paris (Mus. d'Art Mod.), and Philadelphia.
He wrote an account of how he became a sculptor, and also published poems illustrated by himself.
- Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)
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