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Elie Nadelman

Polish/American
1882-1946

Sculptor Elie Nadelman was born in Poland and studied in Warsaw and Munich before moving to Paris in the early part of the twentieth century. Initially influenced by art nouveau trends, classical sculpture, and the work of Rodin, by about 1910 Nadelman became committed to the tenets of abstractionism. He wrote, "I employ no other line than the curve, which possesses freshness and force. I compose these curves so as to bring them in accord or opposition to one another. In that way I obtain the life of form, i.e. harmony." He exhibited at the Armory Show in 1913, moved to New York in 1914, and had a show at Stieglitz's "291" gallery in 1915. Although Nadelman was a pioneer in the development modern sculpture, by the time of his death in 1946 he had become relatively little known. Retrospective exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (1948) and the Whitney Museum (2003) greatly enhanced his reputation as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

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Elie Nadelman drawing
Cow
Ink on Paper
Inscribed "Nadelmann from Lincoln" in pencil verso
circa 1912
6 7/8" x 9"

Illustrated on page 59 of Lincoln Kirstein's
The Sculpture of Elie Nadelman (1948).

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