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Mirage--Ships at Night

1919 William Zorach Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966 oil on canvas 32 1/4 x 26 1/8 in. (82 x 66.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift from the collection of the Zorach children 1970.65.1 Not currently on view


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William Zorach and his wife, Marguerite, painted throughout the first two decades of the twentieth century, inspired by the work of the fauvists and cubists. In 1919 they traveled to Fresno, California, to visit Marguerite’s family. William had never been to California before and was overawed by the dramatic mountain and coastal scenes. Mirage doesn’t show an actual view but suggests instead Zorach’s fragmented impressions of “the inner reality of life around me.” The dark colors, empty windows, and glowing lantern create an eerie, dreamlike scene of sails on the horizon. (Hoffman, Marguerite and William Zorach: The Cubist Years, 1915-1918, 1987)

Keywords

Abstract

Architecture - boat - ship

Landscape - celestial - moon

Landscape - time - night

State of being - phenomenon - vision

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About William Zorach

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

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