William Zorach ( American, 1887 - 1966 )

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General Description

For one week in 1945, while a selection of William Zorach's works (including Demeter, 1945.14) were shown in a contemporary art exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, he came to the Museum as a Visiting Artist. He gave lectures and three modeling and carving demonstrations to museum supporters and local artists. The week was billed as "an event of unusual interest" and likely resulted in Zorach donating this demonstration piece to the Museum's permanent collection.

Emily Schiller, Digital Collections Content Coordinator, 2016.

Fun Facts

  • Zorach taught many other artists represented in the DMA collection. These include Bess Bigham Hubbard (1947.36), Lee Bontecou (1963.92.FA), and Dorothy Austin (1994.174; 1933.22; 2001.47).

  • Prior to visiting Dallas in 1945, William Zorach's connection to the city came from exhibiting four watercolor landscapes in a Dallas Art Association exhibition in 1922 and discussing the possibility of a public monument to pioneers in 1936.

  • William Zorach married Marguerite Thompson in 1912. His wife was an accomplished painter and textile designer, and an equally beloved and influential teacher at the Art Students League