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FOCUS ON REBECCA OR THE LARGE WATER CARRIER

This large polychrome plaster representing the figure of Rebecca and also referred to as the Large Water Carrier, was moulded by Zadkine at the end of the 1920s on the lines of the eponymous work in service tree wood which he sculpted around 1927.
This remarkable piece, almost 3 metres high, found again in 2005 and recently restored, re-enters for the first time the studios in which it came into being and was situated until 1936. Returned to Valentine Prax in 1969 by the interior designer Marc Nicolas du Plantier who owned it, it had not been exhibited since December 1949. It is one of the key pieces of the new presentation of the collections.
This Rebecca is very representative of Ossip Zadkine’s work in the 1920s. Along with other avant-garde sculptors from the beginning of the century, Gaudier-Brzeska, Matisse and Modigliani, Zadkine drew on archaic forms and primitivism to break with the conventions of traditional art. Here Zadkine combines the representation of the body carved directly into the wood of the tree and the free expression of the ancient myth. The character represented resumes the posture of the caryatids which he had previously carved in wood but displays a slender stature with more fluid lines.

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