An artist’s studio was primarily the place for their artistic creation but it was also a place where the artist would invite friends, family, pupils or patrons.
The artist's studio, a place to work and somewhere to live
This photograph shows Ossip Zadkine carving a wood sculpture in one of his studios. The present-day visitor to the Zadkine museum will discover both his home and his studios. These creative spaces surround a peaceful garden. Zadkine lived there between 1928 and 1967.
When, in 1885, Bourdelle moved into 16, impasse du Maine, amid the gardens and vines, artists' studios were "as numerous as blades of grass among the paving stones" - the sculptor Aimé-Jules Dalou and painter Eugène Carrière were among his neighbours. Bourdelle was based in this land of arts for around forty-five years and stayed faithful to the studios, which were part laboratory and part sanctuary. In the early 1920's, it became clear that creating a museum would preserve his life's work. Determined to bequeath his work "as Rodin did", in order to create a museum bearing his name, Bourdelle drew up several buildings plans in 1928. He went as far as to imagine a museum display where each sculpture had its place. However, the museum he imagined would not come to life until after his death.