Ossip Zadkine Torse de femme [Torso of a Woman] 1943 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2022.


Born 1888
Died 1967
Nationality French

Painter and sculptor Ossip Zadkine was born in Vitebsk, in the Russian Empire (now in Belarus). In 1905 he was sent to stay with relatives in Sunderland, England, and became interested in wood carving after watching his uncle make furniture. The following year he moved to London to study art, intending to earn a living as a stonecutter. There, he became friends with the artist David Bomberg, who took him to the British Museum and introduced him to classical sculpture. Zadkine later moved to Paris, where he was associated with the School of Paris and was particularly influenced by Cubism. Taking the human body as his primary subject, he would often return to sculpting heads and torsos. From around 1925, he began to model in bronze, developing more complex compositions, sometimes with several figures.