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1979.75.1

Artist

William Zorach

Title

Untitled

Creation Date

ca. 1912-1914

Century

20th century

Dimensions

8 9/16 in. x 11 in. (21.8 cm x 27.94 cm)

Object Type

watercolor

Creation Place

North America, American, New York

Medium and Support

watercolor over graphite on off-white laid paper

Credit Line

Gift of Dahlov Ipcar and Tessim Zorach

Copyright

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Accession Number

1979.75.1
Nude figures in the lower left of the composition dance in a glowing field of vivid yellow and purple hills, with the form of a yellow tree surmounted by purple, blue, green, and yellow waves, suggesting the glow of dawn. Having traveled to Paris in 1910--where he met his future wife, artist Marguerite Thompson, who, like him, would embrace modernism--Zorach found himself deeply impressed by the work of Henri Matisse (1869--1954) and Pablo Picasso (1881--1973). Describing the implications of his new approach to creating art to students in 1931, he explained: “Modern Art to my generation was a spiritual awak[en]ing, a freeing of Art from the idea of copying Nature. We entered into a whole new world of form and color that opened up before us.”

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