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The Builder (study for Chase Bank)

ca. 1960 William Zorach Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966 cast and patinated plaster 13 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 4 3/8 in. (34.0 x 14.8 x 11.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar 1971.449.29 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47A


Luce Center Label

William Zorach probably derived The Builder from a sculpture he created for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In the earlier piece, he had carved a sixteen-foot-high group of five builders accompanied by tools and horses to celebrate the workingmen of America. In this small study, completed many years later, the lone figure’s roughly hewn limbs and angled features appear to grow from the rock behind him, symbolizing the strength and durability of both the builder and the materials he works with.

Keywords

Figure male - full length

Figure - nude

Occupation - industry - construction

sculpture

plaster

About William Zorach

Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966

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