"Portrait de jeune fille"
Watercolor/pencil on Paper
40 x 28 cm
(56 x 44 cm with frame)
Signed lower right Ch Orloff, dated 1960.
Painting is in excellent estate condition. Frame has a trace of minor repairs on the back - please refer the detail photos I added.
Chana ORLOFF (1888-1968) was born in Starokonstantinov Russian Empire in 1888. She immigrated to Ottoman Palestine in 1905 and settled in Jaffa.
After five years in the country, she was offered a teaching position in dressmaking at Gymnasia Herzliya. She went to Paris to study fashion but choose art instead, enrolling in sculpture classes at the Académie Russe in Montparnasse. In Paris, Orloff became friendly with other young Jewish artists, among them Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, Amedeo Modigliani, Pascin, Chaim Soutine, and Ossip Zadkine.
In 1913, she exhibited in the Salon d'Automne. After the establishment of the State of Israel, Orloff began spending an increasing amount of time there. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art held an exhibition of 37 of her sculptures in 1949. She remained in Israel for about a year in order to complete a sculpture of David Ben-Gurion (which now exhibited on the entrance of Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv), The Hero Monument to the defenders of Ein Gev and The Motherhood Monument in memory of Chana Tuckman who died during the Israeli War of Independence. In addition to monuments, Orloff sculpted portraits of Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and future Prime Minister Levi Eshkol; the architects Pierre Chareau, and Auguste Perret; painters Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, and Per Krohg; and the poets Hayyim Nahman Bialik, and Pierre Mac Orlan.
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CHANA ORLOFF Original Drawing on Paper "Portrait de Jeune Fille"
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