You could easily miss the alleyway that leads to this tiny museum in the small but luminous house where Ossip Zadkine lived and worked from 1928 to his death in 1967. A contemporary and neighbor of artists such as Brancusi, Lipchitz, Modigliani, and Picasso, this Russian-born sculptor is closely associated with the Cubist movement; his sober, elegant, “primitive” sculptures combine abstract geometry with deep humanity. Dozens of examples of his best works, like a superb 9-ft plaster sculpture of biblical Rebecca carrying a water pitcher, or a vaguely African head of a woman in limestone are displayed in small, light-filled rooms. Be sure to visit artist’s workshop, tucked behind the tranquil garden. Note: Due to the museum’s small size, during temporary exhibits you’ll have to pay to enter even the permanent collection (which is usually free).
- Margie Rynn