Head of Robert Schwarzenbach

  • William Zorach, Head of Robert Schwarzenbach, ca. 1930, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar, 1968.154.150

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William Zorach used the direct carving method to create this portrait head of Robert J. F. Schwarzenbach, president of a silk-manufacturing company and Swiss consul general. Schwarzenbach commissioned several sculptures from Zorach in the 1920s, but did not think this portrait was a good likeness. This reaction typified Zorach’s experiences with commissioned portraits, which frustrated him because, as he said, “if you are honest and sincere, you insult so many people.”

Title
Head of Robert Schwarzenbach
Artist
Date
ca. 1930
On View
Dimensions
16 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 10 5/8 in. (41.9 x 23.5 x 27.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Schwarzenbach, Robert – head
Object Number
1968.154.150
Palette
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