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Dahlov (The Artist's Daughter)

1920 William Zorach Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966 unfired ceramic 13 1/2 x 10 5/8 x 10 1/2 in. (34.3 x 27.0 x 26.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of International Business Machines Corporation 1966.27.13 Not currently on view


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“To hire a model and sit down to work has no meaning to me. My children, my wife, the animals I know, the people who enter my life . . . these are my material.” Artist’s statement, William Zorach, American Artists Group Monograph No. 15, 1945

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William Zorach’s daughter Dahlov posed for many of his drawings and sculptures. He loved his children dearly and based much of his art on his relationships with them. Their “secret lives” and creative spirits particularly fascinated Zorach, so that when Dahlov began painting at an early age, he saved everything she ever made. When she was eighteen, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City produced a show of her work titled Exhibition of Creative Growth.

Keywords

Portrait female - Zorach, Dahlov - child

Portrait female - Zorach, Dahlov - head

sculpture

ceramic - terra cotta

About William Zorach

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

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