PHOTOGRAPHER | CLÉMENCE DEMESME
MODEL | TARA MAYER
LOCATION | MUSÉE ZADKINE, PARIS
Down a narrow, leafy alleyway off the rue d'Assas, steps from the Jardin du Luxembourg and tucked deep within the 6th arrondissement, is a tiny museum unknown even to most Parisians. A sculptor born in late 19th century Russia, to a Jewish father and Scottish mother, Ossip Zadkine would drop out of his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts to hone his own aesthetic identity, which drew equally from the dramatic expressionism of Romantic sculptor Auguste Rodin and the angular, avant-garde Cubism made famous by Zadkine's contemporary and friend, Pablo Picasso.
The Musée Zadkine was opened in 1982, through the bequest of Valentine Prax, the sculptor's widow (herself a painter). Conserving the artist's home and atelier, the museum provides a serene and luminous setting to observe the graceful and angular lines that distinguish Zadkine's work.
French film director and photographer Clémence Demesme captures cultural historian, museum consultant, and former-Parisian Tara Mayer, in this exquisite atelier d'artiste.