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Floating Figure

1922 William Zorach Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966 cast plaster 8 1/2 x 32 x 6 in. (21.6 x 81.4 x 15.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar 1968.154.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47A

Luce Center Label

William Zorach was inspired to make Floating Figure by the woman who taught his family to swim and by what he called a “deep feeling of pleasure from the sea.” Zorach simplified his female figures because he believed that the human body, when reduced to its basic forms, was “a thing of sheer beauty.”


Figure female - nude