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Head of Robert Schwarzenbach

ca. 1930 William Zorach Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966 marble 16 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 10 5/8 in. (41.9 x 23.5 x 27.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar 1968.154.150 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47A


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William Zorach used the direct carving method to create this portrait head of Robert J. F. Schwarzenbach, president of a silk-manufacturing company and Swiss consul general. Schwarzenbach commissioned several sculptures from Zorach in the 1920s, but did not think this portrait was a good likeness. This reaction typified Zorach’s experiences with commissioned portraits, which frustrated him because, as he said, “if you are honest and sincere, you insult so many people.”

Keywords

Portrait male - Schwarzenbach, Robert - head

sculpture

stone - marble

About William Zorach

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

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