Beloosesky Gallery is interested in purchasing original sculpture, paintings or drawings by Chana Orloff. Please call (917) 749-4577 or email us at info@beloosesky.com

 

Chana Orloff was born in Tsare-Constantinosvska, a small town in modern day Ukraine (formerly part of the Russian Empire). Her family moved to Palestine in 1905, however Orloff soon moved to Paris to upon her acceptance at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs. Orloff went to Paris to study fashion but chose art instead, enrolling in sculpture classes at the Académie Russe in Montparnasse.

 

In 1916, she married Ary Justman, a Warsaw-born writer and poet. The couple had a son together, but their marriage was short lived as Ary died during the influenza epidemic of 1919. In Paris, Orloff became friendly with other young Jewish artists, among them Marc ChagallJacques LipchitzAmedeo ModiglianiPascinChaim Soutine, and Ossip Zadkine.

 

By the 1920s Orloff was a leading portraitist of Parisian high society. She was named Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur after receiving French citizenship in 1926. She remained in Paris until 1942, but made several trips to Palestine during this time. When the Nazis invaded Paris, Orloff fled to Switzerland with her son and the Jewish painter Georges Kars. She would not return to her home in Paris until 1945, whereupon she discovered a ransacked home.

 

After the establishment of the State of Israel, Orloff spent an increasing amount of time in the country. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art held an exhibition of thirty-seven of her sculptures in 1949.

 

She remained in Israel for about a year in order to complete a sculpture of David Ben-Gurion. 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 MatisseAmedeo ModiglianiPablo Picasso, and Per Krohg; and the poets Hayyim Nahman Bialik, and Pierre Mac Orlan.

 

Orloff died in Israel in 1968 on a trip to see a retrospective exhibition of her artwork on the occasion of her eightieth birthday.

 

 

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

 

France

Arras Musée d'Arras

Boulogne-billancourt Musée des années 30

Cambrai Musée municipal

Giverny Musée Américain

Grenoble Musée de Grenoble

Mont de Marsan Musée Despiau-Wlerick

Musée National d'Art Moderne (Pompidou), Paris

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Rodez Musée de Rodez

Saint-Denis Musée de Saint-Denis

 

Europe

Oslo - Nasjonalgalleriet

Rotterdam - Musée Boymans-Van Beuningem

 

Israël

Ein Harod - Miskan léomanut

Haifa - Musée municipal de Haifa

Hertzélia - Musée d'Hertzélia

Jérusalem - Musée Israël

Jérusalem - Beit Horovitz

Jérusalem - Beit Ticho

Tel Aviv - Tel Aviv Muséum

Tel Aviv - Beit Rubin

Tel Aviv - Beit Bialik

Tel Aviv - Beit Ayala Zacks, Open University

Hôpital Tel Hashomer

 

USA

Chicago - The Art Institute of Chicago

New York - Jewish Museum

Brooklyn Art Museum

Philadelphia - Museum of Art

San Diego - Fine Art Gallery

South Hadley Mass. - Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Stanford University

Waltham Mass. - Rose Art museum