William Zorach

  • Eugenie Gershoy, William Zorach, n.d., bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift from the collection of the Zorach children, 1971.103

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William Zorach came to America from Lithuania when he was four years old. His family was very poor, and he was forced to leave school at thirteen to go to work. He studied drawing and painting at the Cleveland School of Art during the evenings and by 1910 had saved enough money to travel to Paris. On his return to America he began his career as a painter, but after a few years began to carve sculptures from granite, marble, onyx, and wood. This portrait shows Zorach wielding a hammer and chisel, on the point of carving into an immense stone block.

Title
William Zorach
Artist
Date
n.d.
On View
Dimensions
21 1/2 x 11 1/8 x 6 3/4 in. (54.7 x 28.3 x 17.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift from the collection of the Zorach children

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – art – sculptor
  • Occupation – art – printmaker
  • Occupation – art – painter
  • Portrait male – Zorach, William – full length
  • Object – art tool – chisel
Object Number
1971.103
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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