CHANA ORLOFF (1888 - 1968)

Athlete Bather, 1927

Bronze with black patina
The model from 1927, the present cast is a post mortem edition from Susse foundeur
Signed « Chana Orloff », dated 1927 and numbered 7/8
Stamped with the foundry stamp Susse Fondeur Paris on the base
Certificate of authenticity delivered by Chana Orloff Comity

H 59,3 - L 45,5 - P 33,4 cm (H 23.3 - W 17.9 - D 13.1 in)


Private collection, Paris.


The powerful and quivering musculature of this male nude sculpture vibrates with art- the vital organ of humanity, which transports in the domain of sentiments, the conceptions of reason. One may note that the position of « Athlète baigneur » is almost identical to one of Gustave Miklos’ sculpture on the same theme.


1929 Exposition particulière, E. Weyhe Gallery, New York.
1931 Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo.
1947 Exposition particulière, Galerie Wildenstein, New York.
1947 Exposition particulière, M.H. de Young Museum, Memorial Museum, San Francisco.
1963 Exposition particulière, Galerie Granoff, Paris.
1969 Exposition particulière, Musée de Tel Aviv.
1987 Exposition particulière, Galerie Valois, Paris.
1988 Collection Tamir, Musée d’Hertzélia, Israël.
1992 Chana Orloff, Musée Municipal de Boulogne-Billancourt.
1994 Chana Orloff, Line and Substance, Open Museums, Tefen, Israël.


P. Fierens, La Sculpture au Salon des Tuileries, Art et Décoration, 1928.
Félix Marcilhac, Chana Orloff, Les Éditions de l’Amateur, Paris, 1991, referenced under the n°134, p. 234 of the catalogue raisonné and reproduced in photograph p. 97.