Marguerite ZorachZoltan Hecht
watercolor and pencil
11 x 8 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
Marguerite Zorach was more interested in the expressive qualities of colors than their accuracy. In her portrait of fellow artist Zoltan Hecht, the red-orange eyebrows, bright green eyes, and yellowish outline of his face and hands are arbitrary and not descriptive of the actual person. She shows him as a relaxed, thoughtful, and dapper fellow, suggesting his affiliation with the modernist movement in her choice of bright, unconventional colors.