Torse de femme [Torso of a Woman]
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2006

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Torse de femme [Torso of a Woman] 1943
Like Léger, Mondrian, Chagall and many other European artists, Zadkine took refuge in the United States during World War II, where this work was made. Zadkine later wrote that the stone was among the hardest he had carved, hence the lack of detail and the rough surface. ‘Torse de femme’ resembles a sculpture from antiquity, damaged and fragmented, yet mounted heroically on a base. Whilst in America, Zadkine could not forget the destruction that was being felt in Europe and this work perhaps denotes the terrible human toll of the war.

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A general term for the civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome. Also used as a general term to describe something very old.



  • Acc. No. GMA 2965
  • Medium Stone (dolerite)
  • Size 45.00 x 28.50 x 15.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by Miss Elizabeth Watt 1985