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Musée Zadkine

The Musée Zadkine occupies a house in the 6th arrondissement where Russian-born sculptor Ossip Zadkine lived and worked for nearly 40 years. The museum is owned by the city of Paris, and admission is free.

Musee Zadkine studio with sculpture

ABOVE: "Rebecca," or "The Large Water Carrier," is displayed in the studio next to Ossip Zadkine's house. The polychrome plaster sculpture was created in 1927.

Ossip Zadkine's sculpting toolsWhen the Louvre is packed with tour groups and the Centre Pompidou iseems too pricey for your budget, it's time to visit the free Musées de la Ville de Paris--especially the smaller city museums that hardly ever attract crowds. One of our favorites is the Musée Zadkine, which is a memorial to the works of Russian-born sculptor Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967).

The Musée Zadkine is located in the house, studios, and garden that belonged to Zadkine and his wife, the painter Valentine Praz, for nearly four decades. Its collection has many Zadkine sculptures from the 1920s and 1930s, with a smaller number of works from as early as 1909 and as late as 1965.

Musée Zadkine visitor information:

The Zadkine Museum is at 100bis rue d'Assas, 75006 Paris. It's just to the west of the Jardin du Luxembourg, near the Métro stations of Notre-Dame des Champs (Line 12) and Vavin (Line 4). The Port-Royal station of RER Line "B" is also within walking distance.

Musee Zadkine entrance sgnsOpening hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays), except for a few public holidays. Admission is free.

For more information, and to confirm opening times, please see the Musée Zadkine's Web site.

More photos of the Zadkine Museum and its garden:

BELOW: The Musée Zadkine is just off the rue d'Assas. Look for a sign by the gate and enter through the courtyard.

Zadkine Museum entrance, Paris

Zadkine Museum entrance courtyard


BELOW: A guard stands watch over Prometheus near the museum's entrance.

Ossip Zadkine's PROMETHEUS


BELOW: Other wood, plaster, cement, stone, and bronze sculptures are scattered around the museum's buildings and outdoor areas.

Musée Zadkine studio and sculptures

Sculptures at Musee Zadkine, Paris


BELOW: The Musée Zadkine's attractive garden has several sculptures. The one shown at the bottom of the page is  The Human Forest, which Zadkine created in 1957-1958.

Musee Zadkine garden

"The Human Forest" by Ossip Zadkine


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