The Artist's Daughter

  • William Zorach, The Artist's Daughter, 1930, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Tessim Zorach, 1968.25

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William Zorach’s daughter Dahlov posed for many of his drawings and sculptures. He loved his children dearly and based much of his art on his relationships with them. Their “secret lives” and creative spirits particularly fascinated Zorach, so that when Dahlov began painting at an early age, he saved everything she ever made. When she was eighteen, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City produced a show of her work titled Exhibition of Creative Growth.

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“To hire a model and sit down to work has no meaning to me. My children, my wife, the animals I know, the people who enter my life . . . these are my material.” Artist’s statement, William Zorach, American Artists Group Monograph No. 15, 1945

The Artist's Daughter
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25 3/8 x 12 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (64.3 x 31.2 x 26.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Tessim Zorach

  • Portrait female – Zorach, Dahlov – bust
  • Portrait female – Zorach, Dahlov – nude
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