Ossip Zadkine

1888 (Vitebsk, now Viciebsk, Belarus) – 1967 (Paris)

Picasso, Apollinaire, Archipenko, Lipchitz, Bourdelle, Brancusi and Delaunay were all met when Zadkine went to France after studying in Sunderland (a family connection) and London. Bomberg had become a friend in London. Léger, Archipenko and Chagall were among his studio neighbours in Paris (Chagall had already been met on a return visit to Vitebsk). Picasso, Salmon, Jacob, Apollinaire and Modigliani — particularly close — were among the crowd he mixed with when he moved on to Montparnasse. Matisse visited his studio, and Varèse counted him among his main companions in Paris. He himself falsely stated his birthdate as 1890 rather than the true 1888.