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A PINK MARBLE BAS-RELIEF
By Léon Indenbaum, 1914
Signed 'INDENBAUM' and dated '1914'
An expatriot Russian artist, Leon Idenbaum (1891-1981) started working in France in 1911. He settled down in La Ruche, close to Montparnasse among the russian comunautee of artists, Soutine, Chagall, Kremegne. He took part to several group exhibitions, amongst which the 'Salon des Indépendants' in 1912, where Jacques Doucet discovered his work. The latter invited him in his house, avenue du Bois, and commissionned first a child head in onyx, before introducing him in his circular dining room for which he commissionned then a marble panel, which measurments fit with the one we are selling here. Three letters, kept at the Bibliothèque Doucet in Paris, state the realisation of these two works. Indenbaum will then work in the workshop of Antoine Bourdelle. Amedeo Modigliani portraited him in 1915. The 'Institut de France' awarded him with the Georges Wildenstein price in 1968