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Marguerite at 10th Street Studio with Dahlov

Title
Marguerite Zorach Self-Portrait
Artist
Marguerite Thompson Zorach, 1887 - 1968
Sitter
Marguerite Thompson Zorach, 1887 - 1968
Dahlov Zorach Ipcar, born 12 Nov 1917
Date
1927
Type
Print
Medium
Linocut
Dimensions
Sheet: 40.2 x 27.5cm (15 13/16 x 10 13/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; the Ruth Bowman and Harry Kahn Twentieth-Century American Self-Portrait Collection
Restrictions & Rights
© The Zorach Collection, LLC
Object number
NPG.2002.369
Exhibition Label
Marguerite Zorach is best known for her paintings and textiles, but she also made prints that focus on domestic subjects, such as her family and friends. As one of the artists who brought Cubism and Fauvism to the United States after several years of European study, Zorach reveals her interest in the structure of her environment in this stark black-and-white print. Sternly modernist in its staccato rhythms and dense patterning, the composition foregrounds a strong vertical image of the artist herself, with her daughter Dahlov and the family dog cavorting beneath a small table. Zorach was the president of the New York Society of Women Artists around the time that she made this linocut, and she rebuked the art world for not championing women’s work. In 1925, she wrote, “I am certain that had I not had an artist husband, and had I tried to exhibit on my own, I would have had all the difficulties.”
Marguerite Zorach es conocida sobre todo por sus pinturas y textiles, pero también produjo obras gráficas sobre temas domésticos tales como su familia y sus amigos. Después de varios años de estu- dios en Europa, Zorach estuvo entre los artistas que trajeron el cubismo y el fauvismo a Estados Unidos. Este grabado escueto en blanco y negro revela su interés en la estructura de su entorno. Austeramente modernista en su ritmo staccato y densa textura de líneas, la composición muestra en primer plano una fuerte imagen vertical de la artista, con su hija Dahlov y el perro de la familia jugueteando debajo de una pequeña mesa. Zorach era presidenta de la Sociedad de Mujeres Artistas de Nueva York cuando realizó este linograbado, y denunció al mundo del arte por no defender el trabajo de las mujeres. En 1925 escribió: “Estoy segura de que si no hubiera tenido un marido artista y hubiera tratado de exponer mi obra por mi cuenta, habría encontrado toda clase de obstáculos”.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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