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La Femme Madrepose

Ossip Zadkine

La Femme Madrepose, 1943

Graphite on Paper



Ossip Zadkine was a 19th and 20th century Franco-Russian sculptor, draughtsman, and printmaker who was born in Russia, but lived in France for much of his career. In particular, Zadkine lived in the Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris where he was exposed to major artists of the day such as Picasso, Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Andre Salmon, and Modigliani. His style, most significantly influenced by Marc Chagall and Fernand Léger, is largely an expression of the hardships of Zadkine’s life. He was the victim of gas poisoning twice while fighting on the front during World War I and felt compelled to relate his horrifying experiences through a new formal language based in Cubism. Zakine’s pre-war work, marked by elegant linear sensitivity, makes a sharp contrast against the harsh, sculptural style of his post-war creations, using an exaggerated point of view with unrealistic spatial settings for his figures and dynamic geometric shapes.

Current Condition of the Artwork: 

The paper is short fibered and slightly brittle. The paper has been locally stretched by application of the media. The relatively poor quality paper is worn and damaged.

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Remove tape and paper.
  • Remove from matte and discard matte.
  • Clean surface.
  • Reduce adhesive.
  • Mend/reinforce.
  • Humidify and flatten.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field. 

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $1,000.00