Lot 25

Léon INDENBAUM (1890-1981)
Girl's bust
Plaster
Signed: Indenbaum
24 x 11 x 16.5 cm

Originally from Lithuania, orphaned at the age of 5, Léon Indenbaum was taken in by his grandfather, an art bookbinder. At the age of 13, he entered a school devoted to woodworking. Noticed, he obtains a scholarship to enter the Odessa School of Fine Arts. He then enrolled at the School of Applied Arts in Vilno. In 1911, he moved to Paris, in the Artists' City of the Beehive. It is there that his daughter
and Yvette Dorignac, Damboise's future wife Yvette Dorignac, weave a deep friendship, which leads Damboise to frequent Indenbaum. At La Ruche, Léon Indenbaum met Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943), Pinchus Krémègne (1890-1981), Diego Rivera (1886-1957) and Marc Chagall (1887-1985). From 1911 to 1919, Léon Indenbaum, who was interested in ancient and African sculpture, perfected his training in the workshops of Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929) and Aristide Maillol (1861-1944). He exhibits at the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon des Tuileries. The couturier Jacques Doucet (1853-1929) became his first patron: he commissioned decorative panels from him, including Musiciens et Antilope in 1914. The crisis of 1929 was the first brake on his career; the Second World War was the second. Because of his Jewish origins, he went into hiding and many of his works were destroyed. After the war, in 1963, he joined the "Group of Nine" and in 1968, he received the Wildenstein Prize from the Institut de France. The Museum of Art and History
of Judaism preserves her Maidenhead, the Despiau-Wlérick Museum her Adolescent, and the National Centre for Plastic Arts her People's Wife.

Location of the item
France - 75009 Paris