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William Zorach

n.d. Eugenie Gershoy Born: Krivoi Rog, Russia 1901 Died: United States 1986 bronze 21 1/2 x 11 1/8 x 6 3/4 in. (54.7 x 28.3 x 17.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift from the collection of the Zorach children 1971.103 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B


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William Zorach came to America from Lithuania when he was four years old. His family was very poor, and he was forced to leave school at thirteen to go to work. He studied drawing and painting at the Cleveland School of Art during the evenings and by 1910 had saved enough money to travel to Paris. On his return to America he began his career as a painter, but after a few years began to carve sculptures from granite, marble, onyx, and wood. This portrait shows Zorach wielding a hammer and chisel, on the point of carving into an immense stone block.

Keywords

Object - art tool - chisel

Occupation - art - painter

Occupation - art - printmaker

Occupation - art - sculptor

Portrait male - Zorach, William - full length

sculpture

metal - bronze

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About Eugenie Gershoy

Born: Krivoi Rog, Russia 1901 Died: United States 1986

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