This modern work illustrating Maternity as universal symbol comes at the very beginning of Chana Orloff's career as a sculptor.
Chana Orloff (1888-1968) arrived in Paris from her native Ukraine in 1910 to sit the exam to teach sewing. Following the advice of her teachers and also sits the competitive exam for the entry to the National School for Decorative Arts and comes second. Parallel to this classical formation, Chana Orloff is initiated to modern sculpture at the Academy directed by Marie Vassilief.
She settles at Falguière and fits in with the colony of avant-garde artists of the Montparnasse quarter. Her neighbours are Brancusi and Modigliani, two fellow sculptors who will have a certain influence in her formation.
Chana Orloff created this "Maternity" in 1914; it is one her first significant works. It illustrates the artist's particular style: the lengthened and stylized shapes, a bare brushwork and a fine and gracious approach to detail.
This mother, slightly arched under the weight of the child she holds on her crossed arms and the face turned towards the small head huddled up against her neck, radiates infinite tenderness and softness.
Reproduction in hand patinated resin
- H. 52 L. 12 P. 11,5 cm
H. 20.47" W.4.72" D. 4.53" - 9.6 lbs
- Material of the original
- Plâtre patiné bronze
- Cambrai - Musée municipal
- Art movement
- 20th century
- Chana Orloff (1888-1968)