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Torso

1932 William Zorach Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966 granite 33 x 18 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (83.7 x 47.0 x 34.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.85 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, North Wing


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“A fragment of [sculpture] may be sublime.” The artist, quoted in Roberta Tarbell, Catalogue Raisonné of William Zorach’s Carved Sculpture, 1976

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William Zorach had a strong interest in the nude female form, which he simplified greatly in his torsos, emphasizing the smooth contours and basic shapes. Although Zorach used similar proportions in many of them, the type of material often determined the form. For example, the extremely hard granite of Torso made it more difficult to carve, resulting in a simpler design than the softer marble of Undaunted (Roberta Tarbell, Catalogue Raisonné of William Zorach’s Carved Sculpture, 1976).

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Figure female - torso

sculpture

stone - granite