CHANA ORLOFF (1888 - 1968)

Horsewoman, 1955

Bronze with brown-green patina.
Original cast from the artist’s lifetime.
Signed « Ch. Orloff » and stamped with the foundry stamp Susse Fondeur Paris on the base.

H 51 - L 43 - P 17,8 cm (H 20.1 - W 16.9 - D 7 in)


Acquired directly from the artist by the previous owner in Tel-Aviv in 1960.


By 1912, the archetype of the rider-amazon had already largely invested the social imaginary of the woman in the person of Natalie Clifford Barney, author of « Pensées d’une amazone » and host of a famous avant-garde Parisian salon. Chana Orloff incarnated her iconoclast and rebellious nature, her ideas on a new female model, in a debut sculpture designed in 1915 and named « Amazone à Cheval ». In 1955, « L’Ecuyère »- even if it is not an official portraiture of Clifford-Barney- resumes the same topos invested half a century earlier. A detailed and sincerely brilliant essay written by Willi Naomi Mendelssohn sheds an insightful light on feminist and egalitarian outlooks one can decipher through an interpretation of Orloff’s work.


1958 Exposition particulière, Galerie Granoff, Paris.
1958 Exposition particulière, Kunstlerforbuendet, Oslo.
1961 Exposition particulière Association des Musées, Tel-Aviv.
1963 Exposition particulière, Galerie Granoff, Paris.
1966 Jeux, sport et jeunesse, Palais de la Meditterrannée, Nice.
1967 Floralies Internationales, Sculptures, Dessins, Tableaux, Orléans.
1969 Exposition particulière, Musée de Tel-Aviv.
1971 Exposition particulière, Musée Rodin, Paris.
1981 Equus, Le Louvre des Antiquaires, Paris.
1984 Exposition particulière, Musée d’Hertzélia, Israël.
1988 Kikoïne, Yankel, Chana Orloff, Musée Bourdelle, Paris.


Félix Marcilhac, Chana Orloff, Les Éditions de l’Amateur, Paris, 1991, referenced under the n°353, p.283 of the catalogue raisonné and reproduced in photograph p. 158-159.