Head of Dr. W.E.B. Dubois

  • William Zorach, Head of Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, 1956, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar, 1968.154.141

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William Zorach modeled this portrait of W. E. B. DuBois from life and presented it to the Schomburg Collection on DuBois’ ninety-second birthday. DuBois was the first African American to earn a PhD from Harvard. A powerful black leader in the early twentieth century, he cofounded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As an author and educator, he played a significant role in the Harlem Renaissance, a period in which African American artists confronted race, discrimination, and identity through their works.

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“To the artist, a sculptured head is registering in permanent form not only the likeness . . . but the spirit and sculptural character of the person.” William Zorach, Zorach Explains Sculpture, 1947

Head of Dr. W.E.B. Dubois
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12 5/8 x 8 5/8 x 9 1/4 in. (32.1 x 21.9 x 23.4 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar

  • Occupation – writer – author
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Portrait male – DuBois, W.E.B. – head
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