Sculptor and engraver of Russian origin, Zadkine met Apollinaire, Cendrars, Picasso and Survage in 1912.
In 1914, he joined the Cubism movement, adapting the principles of painting to the third dimension.
Zadkine participated in numerous collective expositions among which was the celebrated International Exposition of Modern and Industrial Decorative Arts of 1925 in Paris. Many individual expositions were also dedicated to him: in Brussels then in Paris in 1919, in Philadelphia then in Chicago in 1931, then in The Netherlands, London and Tokyo at the end of the 1940s.
The admiration that was devoted to Rodin didn’t give rise to any formal influence or technique wvis-a-vis Zadkine. As early as 1925, after an inevitable path, Zadkine found himself in possession of the means suitable to the building of his own work.
With Raymond Duchamps-Villon, Henri Laurens, Jacques Lipchitz and little else, Zadkine was among those who introduced sculpture into the Cubist dynamic, or vice-versa.
Cf. E. BENEZIT, Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs, vol. 14, Ed. Gründ, Paris, 1999, p. 830-832