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William Zorach

The White Mountains, Randolph, N. H.
1915
watercolor and pencil
10 3/4 x 14 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dahlov Ipcar and Tessim Zorach

William and Marguerite Zorach spent the summer of 1915 at the farm of their friend Hamilton Easter Field in New Hampshire's White Mountains. They painted all summer, but all that remains from their sojourn are their watercolors. Field, who considered himself an authority on the composition of paint and the preparation of canvases, gave the Zorachs a formula which they carefully followed for all their canvases. The formula was a failure, and the canvases flaked, the paint deteriorated into powder, and the surfaces crumbled. Fortunately, both artists loved the spontaneity of watercolor, and exquisite images such as this remain from their summer's production.