The Builder (study for Chase Bank)

  • William Zorach, The Builder (study for Chase Bank), ca. 1960, cast and patinated plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar, 1971.449.29

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William Zorach probably derived The Builder from a sculpture he created for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In the earlier piece, he had carved a sixteen-foot-high group of five builders accompanied by tools and horses to celebrate the workingmen of America. In this small study, completed many years later, the lone figure’s roughly hewn limbs and angled features appear to grow from the rock behind him, symbolizing the strength and durability of both the builder and the materials he works with.

The Builder (study for Chase Bank)
ca. 1960
On View
13 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 4 3/8 in. (34.0 x 14.8 x 11.0 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar

Mediums Description
cast and patinated plaster
  • Figure male – full length
  • Figure – nude
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