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Chana Orloff (1888-1986)

Chana Orloff was a French-Israeli Art deco and figurative art sculptor. She used wood, stone, marble, bronze and cement. She known for her natural subjects including women as mothers, Orloff is perhaps best known for her sculptured portraits of famous contemporary sitters – Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani for example. In 1913 Orloff exhibited in the Salon d'Automne in Paris that helped establish her critical reputation. Later exhibitions included showings at Tel Aviv Museum (1935, 1949), the Steimatsky Gallery in Jerusalem (1935) and the Petit Palais in Paris (1937).

During the 1950s she produced series of monumental public sculptures for the new State of Israel.