Room 4

On the veranda adorned with decorative panels which in former times acted as an entrance vestibule, to the right of the staircase leading to the first floor of the house, are grouped four ebony sculptures from the 1950s, including three torsos and a small kneeling Nude which was sculpted by Zadkine out of a piece of fossil wood which had spent time in the water and was the gift of an underwater fisherman. The torso is a central theme and veritable leitmotiv of Zadkine's work which he tackled more than thirty times. In homage to the woman who shared Zadkine’s life for more than fifty years and was herself an artist, a painting of a still life by Valentine Prax adds its discreet presence, on the fringes of this selection, to the ascent to the higher floors.