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Elie Nadelman (American, born Poland, 1882-1946)

Seated Woman with Raised Arm, c. 1924, cast 1964, bronze, 3 feet, 10 inches x 1 foot, 7 inches x 2 feet, 1 inch, edition of 6

As part of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies millennium GIFT TO THE NATION, funds were raised through the generosity of Janice H. Levin to create the Janice H. Levin Sculpture Garden at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, Winfield House, in London. The Garden, which features an Elie Nadelman sculpture, was designed by Boston landscape architect Morgan Wheelock, and dedicated on October 12, 2000.

Recognized as one of the pioneers of modern art, Elie Nadelman was born in Warsaw, Polish Russia, and studied at the Warsaw Art Academy. He settled in Paris in 1904, and was welcomed into the modernist artists’ circle of Gertrude Stein. He was influenced by the work of French Sculptor Auguste Rodin, classical Greek art and folk art dolls of the 18th and 19th centuries. Nadelman’s first one-man show in Paris in 1909 was a great success. Later, he was represented in the 1913 Armory Show in New York City, the first major exhibition of Avant-garde art in the United States. With the assistance of American philanthropist Helena Rubinstein, he moved to New York City in 1914, where he continued his art career until his death in 1946.

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Photograph: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited

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