Undaunted (Torso)

Copied William Zorach, Undaunted (Torso), 1963, cast plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar, 1971.449.17

Artwork Details

Title
Undaunted (Torso)
Date
1963
Dimensions
23 5810 348 14 in. (60.027.420.9 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar
Mediums
Mediums Description
cast plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female — torso
Object Number
1971.449.17

Artwork Description

William Zorach had a strong interest in the nude female form, which he simplified greatly in his torsos, emphasizing the smooth contours and basic shapes. Although Zorach used similar proportions in many of them, the type of material often determined the form. For example, the extremely hard granite of Torso made it more difficult to carve, resulting in a simpler design than the softer marble of Undaunted (Roberta Tarbell, Catalogue Raisonné of William Zorach’s Carved Sculpture, 1976).

Luce Object Quote

“A fragment of [sculpture] may be sublime.” Artist quoted in Roberta Tarbell, Catalogue Raisonné of William Zorach’s Carved Sculpture, 1976