The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, October 20, 2014


Work by Marguerite and William Zorach at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
William Zorach (1887-1966), Half Dome, Yosemite, 1920, watercolor and pencil on paper, 13 1/2" x 18 3/4", signed and dated. Photo: Courtesy Michael Rosenfled Gallery.
NEW YORK, NY.- Michael Rosenfeld Gallery presents its first solo exhibition featuring the work of Marguerite Zorach (1887-1968) and William Zorach (1887-1966). On view from June 4 to August 13, this exhibition consists of a selection of watercolors by each.

The six 1915 watercolors by Marguerite Zorach were completed during a summer excursion in 1915 to the White Mountains hamlet of Randolph, New Hampshire. A noticeable feature in these works is the attention to detail, everything from the furniture in the rooms to the patterning of the wallpaper and the design of the rugs. In general the works display the modernist conventions of simplification of form and dramatic flattening of perspective. Later Zorach turned five of the six original watercolors into a set of hand-watercolored transfer lithographs. The original watercolors were purchased by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller from the Downtown Gallery and in 1935, Mrs. Rockefeller donated them to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). MoMA recently de-accessioned these works and Michael Rosenfeld Gallery acquired them.

The five watercolor examples by William Zorach reflect his love of nature and his years of travel. Several works were completed while traveling in the summer of 1920 in Yosemite National Park, where with the panorama of the Sierra Nevada range around him he befriended photographer Ansel Adams. The other watercolor paintings capture Stonington Harbor, Maine and Chappaqua, New York. A painter and sculptor, William enjoyed most the spontaneity of watercolor, believing that the flow and quick application of watercolor was like writing poetry; he also believed that the medium offered him an opportunity for reflection.

Born in 1887 in Santa Rosa, California, Marguerite Thompson Zorach often referred to as the "first woman artist of California" was raised in Fresno. In 1908, she traveled to Paris to study art, arriving in time for the Salon d’Automne, where the bold compositions of postimpressionist painters and fauvists such as Henri Matisse, André Derain, and Maurice de Vlaminck amazed her. Zorach soon became a disciple of modernism and regularly attended the salons held by Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas. She studied briefly at the Académie de la Grande Chaumičre. In 1911, she enrolled at the Académie de la Palette, taking courses with Jacques-Emile Blanche and John Duncan Fergusson. At La Palette, Thompson met many of the early modernists including her future husband, William Zorach. In July of 1912, Marguerite returned to Fresno and spent six weeks in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, where she created works with a fauvist palette. She and William Zorach were married after his arrival to New York City that same year, settling in Greenwich Village. Naming their residence the “Post-Impressionistic studio”, the Zorachs would frequently exhibit their work at their home. Although both artist lacked gallery representation, they participated in the 1913 Armory Show, and from 1915 to 1918, they both also exhibited regularly at the Daniel Gallery.

Even though her work was frequently shown alongside that of her husband, Marguerite Zorach remained an independent artist from her husband. In 1916, she was the only woman to be included in critic Willard Huntington Wright’s Forum Exhibition of Modern American Painters. She was a member of the Society of Independent Artists, a founding member and the first president of the New York Society of Women Artists, and active in the Salon of America. In the 1917 exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists, Zorach showed an embroidered tapestry rug alongside her oil paintings. Afterwards, she began to work extensively in tapestry. Knowing that her tapestries risked being dismissed as craft, Zorach made a point of referring to these works as “modernistic pictures done in wool” In 1923, the Montross Gallery mounted her first solo exhibition of her modernist pictures in wool, Embroidered Tapestries by Marguerite Zorach. That same year, she purchased a farmhouse in Robinhood, Maine on Georgetown Island and began a series of lithographs that were based on scenes of her family life with William and their children. In the 1930s, she returned to painting and continued to create and exhibit artwork until her death in June 1968.

One of the first artists in the United States to employ the sculptural technique of direct carving, William Zorach was born Zorach Samovich in Eurberick (now Jurbarkas), Lithuania in 1889. When he was a child, his family emigrated to the United States, settling in 1891 in Cleveland and changing the family name to Finkelstein. In grammar school, Zorach’s name underwent a second transformation when his teacher dubbed him William. Zorach’s parents struggled to feed their ten children, and when he was a teenager, Zorach dropped out of school to work for a commercial lithography firm, while taking night classes at the Cleveland Art School. In 1908, Zorach left Cleveland for New York City and enrolled in courses at the National Academy of Design. Two years later, he traveled to Paris, where he studied at the cutting-edge Académie de la Palette with John Duncan Fergusson and Jacques-Emile Blanche and met Marguerite Thompson, an American artist who had been in Paris since 1908. In 1911, Zorach participated in the Salon d’Automne, and the following year, the couple moved back to the United States.

Although Zorach had been trained in drawing and painting, he was self-taught as a sculptor. In 1917, he began experimenting with the technique of carving directly into wood; four years later, he added stone to his range of media. By 1922, Zorach had abandoned painting in oil but remained committed to watercolors while continuing to find his voice as a sculptor. Nature served as the inspiration for his sculptural works and his output was devoted to lyrical works of reclining female nudes and elegant stone faces and torsos influenced by Greek classicism as well as sculpture from Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. He began to exhibit regularly at the Downtown Gallery with Edith Halpert, and by the end of the 1920s, he started to gain national recognition for his art. In 1921, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts had his first of four solo exhibitions and in 1929, Zorach began a thirty-year teaching career at the Art Students League. A founding member of the Sculptor's Guild, he was a visiting artist in 1946 at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; he continued his affiliation with the school annually until his death.

Zorach’s art was celebrated throughout his life and after his death. In 1931, his Mother and Child won the Art Institute of Chicago’s Logan Prize, and in 1950, the Art Students League honored him with a retrospective exhibition. Nine years later, the Whitney Museum of American Art mounted a major retrospective of Zorach’s work. In 1968, two years after his death, and a year after the posthumous publication of his autobiography, Art Is My Life, the Brooklyn Museum held a major exhibition of his work. Most recently, the Portland Museum of Art mounted Marguerite and William Zorach: Harmonies and Contrasts. His work can be seen in numerous public collections throughout the United States including Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery | Marguerite Zorach | William Zorach |




Last Week News

June 8, 2010

Renowned British Sense of Humor is on Display in a New London Exhibition at Tate Britain

Sotheby's to Offer Treasures: Aristocratic Heirlooms for Sale

New Public Art Commission by Anish Kapoor to be Unveiled

Sotheby's Important Russian Art Sale Brings $15 Million, Almost Top Estimate

Largest-Ever Show of Harold Edgerton's Photographs Opens in Spain

Christie's to Offer Important Collections of Chinese Archaic Bronzes

Red List of Cultural Objects at Risk to be Announced Today

Bauhaus Archive Opens Comprehensive Exhibition of Ingo Maurer's Work

London Art Auctions Target the Former Soviet Union's Growing Middle Classes

New and Recent Work by Artist Rachel Khedoori at Hauser & Wirth

Leon Levinstein's NYC Street Photographs On View at the Metropolitan Museum

Archives of American Art's Exhibition Portrays "Hard Times, 1929-1939"

First Major Retrospective for Key Living Artist at El Museo del Barrio

Winner Announced in the Piranesi 2010 Prison Series Design Competition

Huis Marseille Explores 'Infatuations' that can Affect Both Photographers and Curators

Dallas Museum of Art Presents Its 2010 Awards to Artists

"Revealing Culture" Exhibition Opens at Smithsonian's Ripley Center

Hirshhorn Launches iPhone App, the First by a Smithsonian Art Museum

Gladiator Graveyard Discovered in Northern England

Everett Fahy Appointed Senior Consultant at Christie's

June 7, 2010

Spectacular Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age on View at Hamburger Kunsthalle

Dallas Museum of Art Adds Six Works to Luc Tuymans Exhibition

Tate and Pompidou Buy Works at the First Pinta London Art Show

After Two Years and Renovation, Dilston Grove Reopens as Arts Venue

Bonhams & Butterfields to Hold One of the Most Unique Fine Furniture Auctions Ever

New Paintings by Teo González at Brian Gross Fine Art

Design September Festival Comprising More than 80 Events Announced

All Visual Arts Presents Jonathan Wateridge's "Another Place"

Chicago Gains a New Eye-Con this Summer with Three-Story Eye

Filmmaker Blake Edwards' Artwork to be Exhibited at Leslie Sacks Fine Art

Lazarides LA Presents a Group Show of Five Recognized European Artists

West and West: Joe Deal and Locating Landscape Opens at CCP

Toronto Now Series Continues with Artist Collaboration

New Orleans Remembers Katrina and the Current Oil Spill with Exhibition

Brian Chippendale Opens His First Solo Exhibition at Cinders Gallery

Meredith Gunderson Presents Briony Anderson - a Solo Exhibition

Infected Landscape: Works by Shai Kremer at The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

Site-Specific Project by Spanish Artist Maider López at Witte de With

Europeana Publishes First White Paper: Knowledge = Information In Context

Lee Harvey Oswald's Getaway Cab Sold to Illinois Museum

June 6, 2010

"Klee Meets Picasso" Exhibition Confronts Themes and Techniques at Zentrum Paul Klee

Restored Theme Building Marks Los Angeles International Airport's Turnaround

Philbrook Hosts Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum Reaches Six-Month Milestones on Expansion

Inaugural Exhibition Showcases New Acquisitions in Israel Museum Collection

Ben Weiner's Second Solo Exhibition in Los Angeles Opens at Mark Moore Gallery

Major New Book, "Lee Friedlander: America by Car", Announced

World-Renowned Sculptors Unite to Honor Major Philanthropists

Storm King Art Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Two Exhibitions

Solo Exhibition of New Work by Lothar Hempel at Stuart Shave/Modern Art

Pousette-Dart: Predominantly White Paintings at the Phillips Collection

Alexander McQueen Dresses from Salem Witch Trials to Sell at Bonhams

Retrospective of Charles M. Russell Opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Norton Museum of Art Presents "Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney"

Ground Breaking Faraday Lecture Notes for Sale at Bonhams

100 Years of Fashion on View at the National Gallery of Victoria

Museum of Contemporary Art Opens "Here Not There: San Diego Art Now"

Juried Display of Art by NYC Public School Students on View at the Metropolitan

Royal Ontario Museum Announces New Accessibility Programs

June 5, 2010

New Bravo TV Show, "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist", Pits 14 Artists Against Each Other

MOCA is the Only West Coast Venue for Arshile Gorky Retrospective

Pablo Picasso's Mediterranean Years at Gagosian Gallery in London

Houston Baptist University Unveils Van Dyck Masterpiece in Belin Chapel

Venice Pays First Major Tribute to Louise Bourgeois with Exhibition

Christie's Launches Optimized Mobile Experience for All Mobile Phones

Sotheby's to Sell Works from Neuberger Berman and Lehman Brothers Collections

New Paintings by Irish-Born Artist Rodney Dickson at Gasser Grunert

World Cup Stamp Designs from 1970 Uncovered by Archivists

Art Fund Bets on Late Picassos, Pop Artist Robert Indiana

Philadelphia Hosts World Premiere of Cleopatra Exhibit

Calder's Le Guichet will Spend the Summer at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Rival Auction Houses, Christie's and Sotheby's, Aim for New Heights in London

Kunsthaus Zürich Shows Videos and Paintings by Albanian Artist Adrian Paci

Audio-Visual Experience of the North Pole to Open at the Akron Art Museum

Second Installment of the Wadsworth's Contemporary Art Series Opens

Eakins's "The Gross Clinic" Restored and On View in Exhibition Exploring its History and Conservation

Some Assembly Required at the Craft and Folk Art Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum Announces Simon Kelly as New Curator

June 4, 2010

Christie's to Offer a Monet Water-Lily Painting Worth an Estimated $44-59 Million

Sotheby's Evening Sale of Contemporary Art in Paris Totals $11.7 Million

Armenian Church Sues Getty Museum over Bible Pages

Regen Projects Shows Works by New York Artist Rachel Harrison

Bonhams to Sell Painting that Hides Mystery of Millais Brothers Collaboration

Biblical Art Dominates Next Week's Old Masters Sale at Christie's

MACBA Devotes Exhibition to Essential Artist of the Late-20th Century

Public Art Project Unlocks Secret Doors in New York City

Antony Gormley Creates a Major New Installation at White Cube

Metropolitan Partners with Berg Publishers to Make Images Available

A Selection of Drawings by Rackstraw Downes at Betty Cuningham Gallery

India's Big Day Recalled at 1.7 Million Pound Sale at Bonhams

Drawings, Watercolours and Prints by Sir Henry Rushbury RA at the Royal Academy

Celebrities Gather to Celebrate Staffordshire Hoard Acquisition

Dynamic Exhibition of Work by Simon Wald-Lasowski Opens at Foam

Christie's Hong Kong Spring Auctions: 2nd Highest Total Ever with Sales Topping US$293.6 Million

Denver Airport's Latest Sculpture: God of the Dead

Sotheby's Sale of 19th Century European Paintings in London Realises 10,858,075 Pounds

Princeton University Art Museum Acquires New Works of Art

Sacred Art in Sonora has been Catalogued

June 3, 2010

Jeff Koons Unveils and Signs His Psychedelic BMW Art Car at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

Artists with African Roots Exhibit at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin

Getty Museum Puts Monumental Red-Figure Krater on View

Painting by Corot Purchased by Musée d'Art et d'Histoire in Geneva

MoMA Announces Exhibition of Abstract Expressionist Works

Marlborough Opens Exhibition of Works that Evoke Organic Forms

Nassau County Museum of Art Examines the Romantic Fascination of the Sea

Previously Unseen U2, Beatles, and Rolling Stones Photographs Up for Sale

Allegra LaViola Gallery Opens Show with Sculptural Works Attached to the Wall

Priska C. Juschka Fine Art Opens First Solo Exhibition by Samuel T. Adams

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery Showcases a Wide-Ranging Body of Work

Rare 215 Year-Old Gold $10 Eagle Brings $117,000 at Inaugural Auction

Friedman Benda Presents Work by Post-War and Emerging Artists

7th Annual Edinburgh Art Festival Programme Unveiled

Guggenheim Study Reveals Importance of Education in Development of Problem-Solving Skills and Creativity

Author Lynn Cullen Changes Book on Finding Portrait

Tiffany Studios, Contemporary Glass, and Diego Giacometti Work Highlights Bonhams' 20th Century Sale

Remains of Mexican Independence Heroes Undergo Analyses

Facing the Artist: Portraits by John Jonas Gruen Opens at the Whitney

Chicago Tribune Begins Digitizing and Selling Archive Photographs

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories



Retrospective Exhibition Marks the Centennial of Morris Graves' Birthday

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery Explores Surrealism in America

Exhibition at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery Honors the Work of Charles Seliger

Distinguished Abstract Expressionist Painter Charles Seliger Dies at 83



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site