Ossip Zadkine Venus c.1922–4

Artwork details

Artist
Ossip Zadkine 1890–1967
Title
Venus
Vénus
Date c.1922–4
Medium Acacia
Dimensions Object: 1918 x 533 x 464 mm, 98kg (Gross 209kg)
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by F.H. Mayor as executor of the late Richard Wyndham 1954
Reference
N06226
Not on display

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A Russian émigré, Zadkine arrived in Paris in 1909 and became associated with Cubism. In the 1920s, he became interested in arts outside the academic canon, favouring the elongated forms of Romanesque statuary. He made large-scale wooden sculptures drawing on techniques of Russian folk decoration, and exemplifying the immediacy of ‘direct carving’. Venus embodies the impact of these varied sources, so that the classical ideal of beauty is invigorated by raw simplification.

September 2004

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