Marguerite Zorach in her studio
|Born||September 25, 1887|
|Died||June 27, 1968(aged 80)|
Marguerite Zorach (née Thompson) (September 25, 1887 – June 27, 1968) was an American fauvist painter, textile artist, and graphic designer and was an early exponent of modernism in America. She won the 1920 Logan Medal of the Arts.
Marguerite was born in Santa Rosa, California. Her father, a lawyer for the Napa vineyards, and mother were descended from "New England seafarers and Pennsylvania Quakers. She began drawing at a very young age and her parents gave her a very liberal education, music lessons in elementary school and four years of Latin at Fresno High School. She was one of a small group of women admitted to Stanford University in 1908. Rather than completing university in the United States, she travelled to France at the invitation of her aunt, Harriet Adelaide Harris. There she attended the post-impressionist school Académie de La Palette, where she met William Zorach, and associated with Pablo Picasso and ex-patriate Gertrude Stein. She exhibited at the 1910 Société des Artistes Indépendants, and the 1911 Salon d'Automne.
In 1912, she married William Zorach, on December 24, 1912, in New York City. They had a son, Tessim Zorach, and a daughter, artist Dahlov Ipcar. They lived in New York, and spent summers in New England. In 1922, they visited Gaston Lachaise at Georgetown, Maine, and later bought a house. They were friends with Marsden Hartley, F. Holland Day, Gertrude Kasebier, and Paul Strand.
She was an innovator of the American modernist movement and helped introduce fauvist and cubist styles to the United States. After traveling extensively in Egypt, Palestine, India, and Japan, she returned home to produce brilliantly colored Fauvist landscapes with thick black outlines. Her style developed and included more Cubist structure until she turned to creating embroidered tapestries after the birth of her two children. While she continued to paint and assist her husband, William Zorach, on larger projects, her main focus was on these tapestries. She completed two WPA murals for the Fresno post office.
In 2007, the Gerald Peters Gallery held a retrospective exhibition of her work. In 2010, her watercolors were exhibited at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. In 2011, a retrospective is being held at Franklin & Marshall College.
- Marguerite Thompson Zorach | IFPDA
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- To Be Modern: The Origins of Marguerite and William Zorach's Creative Partnership, 1911-1922; essay by Jessica Nicoll
- Deborah Weisgall. "Marguerite Zorach: Georgetown Goes Modern: The Modern Art Movement Meets an Island Community". The Maine Magazine.
- Landscape, Marguerite Zorach
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- F&M to host Zorach exhibit - Entertainment - LancasterOnline.com
- Official website
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- "Marguerite Zorach", Gerald Peters Gallery