Displaced person, 1952 incised "O. Miestchaninoff" and with C. Valsuani foundry seal Height 9 3/4 in (25 cm)
Provenance: Collection of Oscar Miestchaninoff; thence by descent to present owner.
Oscar Miestchaninoff was a Russian émigré sculptor who achieved fame during the second wave of École de Paris and sculpted likenesses of artists such as Diego Rivera, Amedeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine. They, in turn, created paintings of his portrait. During and after World War II he lived in the United States where huge exhibitions of his works were held in New York (1944) and Los Angeles (1955). His work "Displaced person," is a strong reaction to events related to the Holocaust. See Waldemar George, Oscar Miestchaninoff (Paris: Arts et Métiers Graphiques, 1966), pp. 37; Miestchaninoff, Sculpture and Drawings: A Loan Exhibition (Los Angeles County Museum, 1955), 22.
The title of this work should read: "Man With Dead Child."