Chana Orloff - An Important Book on Her Early Sculptures, published by Les Editions G. Cres & Cie, Paris 1927. On the first page is a handwritten dedication and signature of Orloff to the French American artist Marcel Duchamp: "A Marcel Duchamp en admiration Channah Orloff 19/2/47" - "To Marcel Duchamp in Adoration Channah Orloff 19/2/47 ". In the second part of the book 40 thick plates with black and white photographs of Orloff's early sculptural works.
Chana Orloff [1888-1968] A Jewish sculptor, one of the most prominent of her time. Orloff studied painting at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris, after passing her entrance exams with honors. She discovered the sculpture outside of academia when she visited a sculpture workshop. She taught herself various techniques, and was self-taught in the field. Orloff created with wonderful fertility an original work that encompasses all the sculptural areas and techniques. She sculpted various figures of pregnant women and mothers with their children, animals and also many portraits including Chaim Nachman Bialik, David Ben-Gurion and Levi Eshkol. At that time Paris was a melting pot for many artistic currents. Orloff influenced by Cubism and Expressionism, but created her own personal style, with human warmth and humor, characterized by full, flowing and rounded shapes. For decades she has participated in the salons and major exhibitions held in Paris. It has also had great success throughout the United States and Europe. Orloff is considered a master artist in complete control of the sculptural material. During World War II, due to the Nazi occupation, Orloff fled to Switzerland with her son and the painter Georges Kars. After the liberation of Paris Orloff returns to it, finds that her workshop was looted by the Nazis, rehabilitates it and returns to creation.
Channah Orloff lived and worked in Paris but was very attached to Israel, she visited Israel for a long time and sculpted some of the important monuments. She visited Israel on the occasion of an exhibition of her works at the Tel Aviv Museum in honor of her 80th birthday. She became ill and died at Shiba Hospital on December 18, 1968. After her death, a large retrospective exhibition was held at the Tel Aviv Museum. Over the years her grandchildren have managed to preserve her workshop in Paris and open it to visitors. It was also commemorated by streets named after her, one in Paris and one in Tel Aviv.
Receiver of the book, French-American artist Marcel Duchamp [1887-1968]. His influence on art in general and on the movement of surrealism in the second half of the 20th century is great. At the beginning of his career in Paris in 1906, Duchamp was assisted by his brother, who was a member of the "Academy of Painting and Sculpture" of France, and already in 1909 exhibited painting in an exhibition of the "Salon of the Independents". The concept of "Readymade", developed by Duchamp, is one of the main sources for the development of pop art and conceptual art. Duchamp was one of the most prominent figures in the development of modern American art, and his work is a symbol of avant-garde art. Beginning in 1923, Duchamp also began playing chess and was awarded the title of "Chess Master". He designed the poster for France's third chess championship held in 1925, and finished the competition with three wins. He also incorporated his interest in chess in his later works.
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