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    Sale 2771

    The Sculpture Sale

    21 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 1116

    Ossip Zadkine (Russian/French,b. 1890-1967)

    Projet de Monument à Guillaume Apollinaire

    Price Realised  


    Ossip Zadkine (Russian/French,b. 1890-1967)
    Projet de Monument à Guillaume Apollinaire
    signed, dated and numbered 'O. Zadkine 1948 3/8' (on the bronze base)
    bronze with a dark green and black patina
    96 x 43 x 62 cm. (incl. the bronze base)
    Conceived in 1948 and cast at later date in an edition of 8 plus 4 artists proofs by Susse fondeur

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    In 1939 Ossip Zadkine exhibits four projects for monuments dedicated to poets Apollinaire, Jarry, Lautreamont and Rimbaud in Galerie Montaigne in Paris.
    These four works mark a turning point in his oeuvre, influencing a large part of what he produced after 1945. Zadkine himself saw the importance of the poet monuments for his later work, as he writes in Le Maillet & le Ciseau: "I still consider the four projects for monuments for poets as my most prominent works from the period before 1940" (in: Le Maillet & le Ciseau. Souvenirs de ma vie, Paris 1968).
    What he wished to represent, is that which is the least representable, the poetical sentiment that inspires man and the sublime, and which he searched for in all his artistic productions. To stay in well defined categories, the poet projects are not abstract, not surrealist, not cubist, not archaic, not neo-classic. Without a doubt Zadkine found his truly own language working on the projects.

    The present is lot an enlarged version of the 1938 piece, made in 1948. Zadkine added a pipe to the sculpture.

    We kindly thank Tjerk Wiegersma for his help in cataloguing this lot

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    Please note that the entry should read: and stamped with the foundrymark 'Susse Fondeur Paris' (aloong the edge of the bronze base)

    Pre-Lot Text



    D. Chevalier, Zadkine. Sculptures, Paris 1949
    M. Marchant-Lyon, 'Zadkine', in: Arquitectura y Construccion, Chili, 1949, no. 32 (another cast ill.)
    R. Cogniat, Zadkine, Paris 1958, no. 27 (another cast ill.)
    D. Chevalier, 'Zadkine sculpteur et poète des formes', in: Les Jardin des arts, 1958, no. 663 (another cast ill.) A.M. Hammacher, Zadkine, Paris 1958, no. 22 (another cast ill.) S. Lecombre, Ossip Zadkine, L'oeuvre Sculpté, Paris 1994, p.475, no. 418 (the plaster cast ill.)


    Brussel, Palais des Beaux-Arts, 1948, cat.no. 41 (another cast)
    Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 1948, cat.no. 48 (another cast)
    Paris, Musée national d'Art moderne, 1949, cat.no. 61 (another cast)
    Rotterdam, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, 1949, cat.no. 70 (another cast)
    Varese, Villa Mirabello, 2nd Rassegna internatzionale di Scultura all'aperto, 1953, cat.no. 151 (another cast)
    Lyon, Musée Saint-Pierre, cat.no. 40 (another cast)
    Paris, Zadkine et les Poètes, Librairie Fischbacher, 1962, cat.no. 6 (another cast)
    Zürich, Kunsthaus, 1959, cat.no. 57 (another cast)
    Slovenj Gradec, Paix, Humanisme et Amitié entre les peuples, 1966 Paris, Artcurial, 1979 (another cast)
    Japan, La Grande Aventure de Montparnasse, Musées de Kawasaki, Kumanoto, 1988 (another cast)
    Japan, Exposition itinérante, Les musées de Yamanashi, Takamatsu, 1989-1990 (another cast)
    Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, Fondation de Coubertin, 1990 (another cast)
    Laren, Singer Museum Laren, Chez Zadkine. Zadkine en zijn Nederlandse leerlingen, September 2003 - January 2004 (the present cast)

    Post Lot Text