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William Zorach

Marguerite Thompson Zorach, 1887 - 1968
William Zorach, 28 Feb 1887 - Nov 1966
c. 1935
Graphite on paper
Other: 41.3 x 31.7cm (16 1/4 x 12 1/2")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Halpert Foundation in memory of Edith Gregor Halpert
Restrictions & Rights
© The Zorach Collection, LLC
Object number
William Zorach: European\Lithuanian
Exhibition Label
William Zorach and his wife, Marguerite, who drew this portrait, shared an artistic partnership that lasted throughout their long marriage. After meeting in Paris in 1911, they returned home to establish themselves as American modernists, settling in New York and various rural summer retreats. Both sought to express the inner spirit of their subjects and find the essential relationship of forms to universal themes. They designed expressionist stage sets and often showed their fauvist- and cubist-inspired paintings together in New York galleries. William eventually concentrated on sculpture, advocating "direct carving" on wood or stone without preliminary modeling. Although his reputation would exceed hers, Marguerite often drew or influenced the designs for his sculptures. She also made prints and boldly colored embroideries. Her expressively distorted portrait drawings show her understanding of modernist stylization as well as her interest in American folk art.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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