This small yet elegant museum is dedicated to the Russian born sculptor, Ossip Zadkine.
Over 300 of his sculptures and paintings are displayed in his former home and studio.
Looking out into the pretty, enclosed garden, you will discover more sculptures nestled amongst the greenery in the pretty enclosed garden.
The sun drenched rooms of the L-shaped home, allow the light to bounce off his African influenced work, giving the museum a quiet sense of calm and elegance.
Ossip Zadkine was born in Belarus, in 1890. Around 1910, his parents sent him to London where he studied art. Not long after that, he immigrated and settled in Paris.
In Paris he befriended many avant-garde artists and was influenced by Picasso and became involved in the cubist movement. From here, his art took on a more angular style. He was also heavily influenced by Auguste Rodin.
From 1928, until his death in 1967, it is here that he lived and worked with his Algerian born wife and artist, Valentine Prax.
Upon her death, in 1981, she bequeathed their home and art to the city of Paris. In 1982 the museum was inaugurated.
The museum presents all the periods and evolution of his work. He worked with bronze, terra-cotta, stone and marble.
Musée Zakine is situated only 170 metres from the Luxembourg Gardens and entry is free making it well worth a quick visit while in the area.
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