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Ossip Zadkine (1888-1967)
1938
Wood
92.8 x 25 x 16.5 cm

This work is an outstanding example of Zadkine’s passion for wood carving. The standing figure was a central motif throughout the artist’s career and these works have been described as ‘true poems in wood’. As the art critic Jianou states: ‘These statues stare at us with their whole bodies. A quiver of sensuality, desire and purity animates the slightly rounded surfaces of these young tall, slim, lissom, highly polished and occasionally lacquered bodies, over which light fairly streams’.