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Head of Etta Cone

1943 William Zorach Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966 cast plaster on plaster base 14 x 8 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. (35.5 x 21.6 x 24.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar 1968.154.152 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47A

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William Zorach modeled this portrait of Etta Cone from life. He traveled to Baltimore, where she and her sister Claribel lived and operated a private museum that housed their extraordinary art collection. The sisters grew up in a wealthy family; Clara studied medicine and Etta was the housekeeper until her mother died. In the 1890s they befriended Leo and Gertrude Stein, who introduced them to leading modern artists including Matisse and Picasso. The Cones soon began to divide their time between Baltimore, where they held salons at their home, and Europe, where they traveled and collected art. Zorach was very pleased with this portrait, but thought Cone, who had been sketched by Henri Matisse, disliked it. She was “convinced that she looked like these drawings,” Zorach claims. “They too were a likeness but I couldn’t see her through the eyes of Matisse.”


Portrait female - Cone, Etta - head



About William Zorach

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

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