Zadkine Museum is one of the most interesting museums in Paris that you can visit for FREE. An unexpected little house in the middle of Paris and not far from Luxembourg Gardens Zadkine described his “hidden treasure” with the following words:
Viens voir ma folie d’Assas, et tu comprendras combien la vie d’un homme peut être changée à cause d’un pigeonnier, à cause d’un arbre
“Come to see my Assas’ crazy thing (on Assas Street) and you will understand how much a man’s life can change because of a pigeonnier, because of a tree.”
ABOUT OSSIP ZADKINE
Ossip Zadkine (1890 – 1967) was a Russian sculptor who settled in Paris in 1910. He was one of most representative artists of the École de Paris, an institution made up of foreign artists that chose Paris to live and work. Zadkine was strongly influenced by primitivism and later in his career he went through a cubist period, taking his inspiration from Greek and Roman classical art. The bronze sculpture of Van Gogh at Auvers-sur-Oise is one of his most popular works.
Zadkine arrived to Montparnasse in 1909. After some time here and there he moved with his wife, also a painter, to this studio located at Assas Street. They lived and worked in this house until their last days.
After Zadkine’s death the house was turned into a museum. The museum shows today the most representative works of the artist (sculptures and pictures). The most interesting part of the museum is for sure the sculpture workshop, with pictures showing how Zadkine worked there. The workshop is linked to the house by a cute little garden. Zadkine’s house is little piece of heaven in the middle of Paris.
ZADKINE MUSEUM PARIS – PRACTICAL INFO
Zadkine Museum is located in Paris 6, 100 bis rue d’Assas; M. Vanvin, L4; Vélib Station #6.008
The museum opens Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. FREE entrance
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