Ben Uri collection

Work by Elie Nadelman

Elie Nadelman was born in Warsaw in 1882. He studied at the Warsaw School of Fine Arts, before moving to Munich, where he won second prize in a drawing competition; the prize money allowing him to move to Paris in 1904, where he remained until 1914, taking a studio in Montparnasse. He studied at the Académie Colorossi, and exhibited at the Salon d’Automne (1905, 1906 and 1912) and the Salon des indépendants (1907 and 1913). In Paris, Nadelman met Leo and Gertrude Stein, Picasso and Brancusi; he had his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Druet in 1909. He co-founded the Society of Polish Artists in 1912 (dissolved 1924). At the onset of the First World War in 1914, Nadelman left for New York, where he exhibited widely - his first solo show at Stieglitz's gallery in 1915 was highly successful - and took on American nationality in 1927. Nadelman was ruined financially by the 1929 stock market crash and his work became more personal as a result; much of it was accidentally destroyed in 1935. By this time, he lived as a virtual recluse, though he taught ceramics and modelling during the Second World War. He developed a heart condition in 1945 and committed suicide in 1946. A major exhibition of his work was held at MoMA, New York, in 1948.

1 work/s by this artist from the collection are shown below. For a more detailed record and image please click on the link.

The Swan

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-301