CHANA ORLOFF (1888 - 1968)

Jewish painter, 1920

Bronze with black patina
The model from 1920, the present cast is a post mortem edition from Susse foundeur
Signed « Ch. Orloff » and dated 1920
Stamped with the foundry stamp « Landowski fondeur cire perdue »
Certificate of authenticity delivered by Chana Orloff Comity

H 38,2 - L 21,3 - P 26,2 cm (H 15 - W 8.4 - D 10.3 in)


Private collection, France.


The figure represented by this sculpture first exposed in 1921 at the « Salon des Independents » is most likely the painter Reisin (spelling unsure). Of Polish origin, information on him still remains scarce. We can nonetheless claim with confidence that « Peintre Juif » is skinned and painful. The bulging eyes supplemented by powerful and harrowing expressionist traits are the visual frames of a sculpture endowed with the despondency and distress that rotted the world in the aftermath of World War One.
The Jewish painter tries to serve and not to represent, lead to the symbolism of an idea or a truth expressed the antithesis of the usual academic codes. A bronze test is exposed to the Museum of Art and History of Judaism in Paris.


1935 Exposition particulière, Musée de Tel-Aviv.
1935 Exposition particulière, Steimatsky’s Gallery, Jérusalem.
1965 Exposition particulière, Musée d’Hertzélia, Israël.
1969 Exposition particulière, Musée de Tel-Aviv.
1971 Exposition particulière, Musée Rodin, Paris.
1984 Exposition particulière, Galerie Vallois, Paris.
1984 Exposition particulière de portraits, Musée Rubin, Tel-Aviv.
1992 Chana Orloff, Musée Municipal de Boulogne-Billancourt.
1993 Michel Kikoïne et ses amis de l’École de Paris, Couvent des Cordeliers, Paris.
1994 Chana Orloff, Line and Substance, Open Museums, Tefen, Israël.
1995 Les heures chaudes de Montparnasse, Petit Palais, Genève.
2000 L'École de Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris.


Kahn, Chana Orloff, Les Feuillets d’Art, n°5, Juillet 1922.
Léon Werth, Chana Orloff, Éditions Grès, 1927.
Félix Marcilhac, Chana Orloff, Les Éditions de l’Amateur, Paris, 1991, referenced under the n°38, p. 210 of the catalogue raisonné and reproduced in photograph p. 46.