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During the 1920s and 1930s, Gordine worked on a series of sculptures that represent the physiognomic characteristics of different races. This work was probably made in Paris, in the context of a growing interest in the art and cultural objects of non-western cultures among the European avant-garde. It is also firmly rooted in the colonialism of the era. The Caribbean island of Guadaloupe was a French colony, and later became part of France. While artists such as Picasso and Gaudier-Brzeska looked to African carvings as an inspiration, Gordine never departs from the language of classical European sculpture.

December 2011