Zorach, William, 1887-1966

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Sculptor, painter; interviewees are married.

From the description of Reminiscences of Willam and Marguerite Zorach : oral history, 1957. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309727160

William Zorach (1887-1966) was a sculptor and painter from New York, N.Y.

From the description of William Zorach letter to Mr. Shipley, Feb. 8, 1930. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 756821127

Artist.

From the description of William Zorach papers, 1822-1974 (bulk 1930-1968). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71131068

Sculptor; Brooklyn, N.Y.; b. 1887; d. 1966.

From the description of William Zorach interview, 1959 Apr. 2 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82680459

From the description of Oral history interview with William Zorach, 1959 Apr. 2 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 312025112

Biographical Note

  • 1889, Feb. 28: Born, Euberick, Lithuania
  • 1891: Immigrated with family to the United States
  • 1903 - 1906 : Apprenticed at Morgan Lithograph Co., Cleveland, Ohio; studied at Cleveland School of Act, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1908 - 1910 : Studied at National Academy of Design, New York, N.Y.
  • 1910: Studied at La Palette, Paris, France
  • 1912: Married Marguerite Thompson (died 1968)
  • 1913: Exhibited in Armory Show, New York, N.Y.
  • 1927 - 1930 : Executed sculpture “Mother and Child”
  • 1929 - 1957 : Instructor, Art Students League, New York, N.Y.
  • 1931: Awarded Logan Medal for sculpture, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1932: Commissioned to execute “Spirit of the Dance” in Radio City Music Hall, New York, N.Y. Awarded Logan Prize for watercolor, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1936 - 1940 : Executed sculpture “Youth”
  • 1937: Awarded commission by U. S. Treasury to execute Benjamin Franklin statue for the Post Office, Washington, D.C.
  • 1939: Executed monument “Builders of the Future,” New York World’s Fair, New York, N.Y.
  • 1947: Published Zorach Explains Sculpture. New York: American Artists Group
  • 1961: Received Gold Medal for sculpture, National Institute of Arts and Letters
  • 1966, Nov. 15: Died, Bath, Maine
  • 1967: Posthumous publication of autobiography, Art Is My Life. Cleveland: World Pub.

From the guide to the William Zorach Papers, 1822-1974, (bulk 1930-1968), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
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referencedIn Navas, Elizabeth S., 1885-1979. Elizabeth S. Navas papers, 1939-1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Hobson, Katherine Thayer, 1889-1982. Katherine Thayer Hobson papers, 1918-1982. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Carlton, Margaret, 1903-1998. Papers relating to the 1913 Armory Show 50th Anniversary Exhibition, 1962-1995. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zorach, William, 1889-1966. Letter, 1957, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.). Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Nakian, Reuben, 1897-1986. Reuben Nakian interviews, 1981 June 9-June 17. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bourdon, Margarita. Margarita Bourdon letters, 1924-1945. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zorach, William, 1887-1966. William Zorach : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
creatorOf Sterner, Marie, 1880-1953. Marie Sterner and Marie Sterner Gallery papers, 1913-1951. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn De Creeft, José, 1884-1982. José de Creeft papers, 1908-1982. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Fruhauf, Aline, 1909-1978. Aline Fruhauf papers, 1926-1976. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zorach, William, 1889-1966. Reminiscences of Willam and Marguerite Zorach : oral history, 1957. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Brooklyn Museum. Listening to pictures : interviews. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Nakian, Reuben, 1897-1986. Oral history interview with Reuben Nakian, 1981 June 9-17. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Zorach, William : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
referencedIn Nakian, Reuben, 1897-. Reuben Nakian interviews, 1981 June 9-June 17. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Hancock, Walker Kirtland, 1901-. Walker Hancock papers, 1911-1995. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Schoener, Jason. Jason Schoener papers, 1952-1996. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Laurent, Robert, 1890-1970. Robert Laurent papers, 1869-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Joseph Garramone Kokoon Arts Club collection, 1930-1963 Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Bontecou, Lee, 1931-. Oral history interview with Lee Bontecou, 2009 Jan. 10. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Gussow, Bernard, 1881-1957. Minutes of meeting of Group of 8, 1919 Dec. 31. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Storrs, John Henry Bradley, 1885-1956. John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1837-1987, bulk 1900-1956. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Greenman, Frances Cranmer, 1890-1981. Frances Cranmer Greenman papers, 1925-1957. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.). Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Max Weber papers, 1902-2008 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Waldo Peirce Papers, 1889-1985 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach, 1917-. Dahlov Ipcar papers, 1906-1997. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Tatti, Benedict, 1917-1993. Benedict Tatti papers, 1936-2007. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach, 1917-. Oral history interview with Dahlov Ipcar, 1979 Nov. 13. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zorach, William, 1889-1966. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1921-1939. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf King, Marian. Marian King papers, 1934-1964. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zorach, William, 1889-1966. William Zorach papers, 1822-1974 (bulk 1930-1968). Library of Congress
referencedIn Biddle, George, 1885-. Oral history interview with George Biddle, 1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn American Federation of Arts. American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991. Chaim Gross papers, 1920-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925. William Anderson Coffin papers, 1886-1924. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Klauber, Alice Ellen, 1871-1951. Alice Klauber letters, 1907-1946. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bischoff, Ilse, 1901-. Oral history interview with Ilse Bischoff, 1982 Jan. 27. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Herman, Andrew. William Zorach [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Smith, Jacob Getlar, 1898-1958. Jacob Getlar Smith papers, 1919-1966. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Chaim Gross Papers, 1937-1964 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988. Oral history interview with Isamu Noguchi, 1973 Nov. 7-Dec. 26. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach, 1917-. Oral history interview with Dahlov Ipcar, 1979 Nov. 13. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cone, Etta. Claribel and Etta Cone letters, 1898-1949. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn William Anderson Coffin papers, 1886-1924 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Bischoff, Ilse, 1901-1990. Oral history interview with Ilse Bischoff, 1982 Jan. 27. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Navas, Elizabeth S., 1885-1979. Elizabeth S. Navas papers, 1939-1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bischoff, Ilse, 1901-. Ilse Bischoff interview, 1982 Jan. 27. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zorach, William, 1889-1966. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990, bulk 1933-1970 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Whitney Museum of American Art. Whitney Museum of American Art artists' files and records, 1914-1966. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Agostini, Peter. Oral history interview with Peter Agostini, 1968. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Kruse, Alexander Z., 1888-1972. Papers of Alexander Z. Kruse, 1890-1972 (bulk 1930s-1960s). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Wortman, Denys, 1887-1958. Denys Wortman papers, 1887-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Klonis, Stewart, 1901-1989. Stewart Klonis papers, 1886-1982. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf ZORACH, WILLIAM. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Carlton, Margaret Gillies, 1903-1998. Papers relating to the 1913 Armory Show 50th Anniversary Exhibition, circa 1962-1995. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn William Zorach [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Georgina Klitgaard Papers, 1917-1965 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library.
referencedIn American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969) Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988. Oral history interview with Isamu Noguchi, 1973 Nov. 7-1973 Dec. 26. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Budin, Shaya. Shaya Budin collection of exhibition catalogs, 1926-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Dept. of Photography. Records, Exhibition negatives: installations. William Zorach: Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings, 1911-1922. 1968-1969. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Zorach, William, 1887-1966. William Zorach letter to Mr. Shipley, Feb. 8, 1930. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Anita Weschler Papers, 1902-1989, 1924-1960 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Weber, Max, 1881-1961. Max Weber papers, 1904-1962. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Warshawsky, A. G. (Abel G.), 1883-1962. A.G. (Abel George) Warshawsky papers, 1930-1960. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955. George Platt Lynes photographs, 1926-1950. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn De Creeft, José, 1884-1982. José de Creeft papers, 1908-2004. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Ward, Lynd, 1905-. Lynd Ward papers, 1934-1964. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Weichsel, John, 1870-1946. John Weichsel papers, 1905-1922. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Agostini, Peter. Peter Agostini interview, 1968 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Whitney Museum of American Art. Artists files, [ca. 1930]-1986. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Sanders, Walt. William Zorach [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, 1965-1968 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Trommer, Marie, b. 1895. Autograph collection, 1920-1951. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Oronzio Maldarelli Papers, 1931-1962 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Zorach, William : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Zorach, William, 1887-1966. William Zorach interview, 1959 Apr. 2 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Morse, John D., 1906-. John D. Morse papers, 1951-1960. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969. Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990 (bulk 1933-1970). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Tatti, Benedict, 1917-1993. Benedict Tatti papers, 1936-2011 bulk 1945-1993. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn George Biddle Papers, 1863-1973, (bulk 1916-1973) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997. Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers, 1863-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970. Papers of Waldo Peirce, 1889-1985. Library of Congress
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Saltsberg, Jerry. Louis Bouche, Reginald Marsh and William Zorach [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zorach, William, 1887-1966,. Oral history interview with William Zorach, 1959 Apr. 2 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zorach, Marguerite, 1887-1968. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1931. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Daniel Gallery. Daniel Gallery exhibition catalogs, [undated] and 1916-1921. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zorach family. Zorach family papers, 1900-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Agostini, Peter. Peter Agostini interview, 1968 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta Cone Papers, 1885-1949. Baltimore Museum of Art Library & Archives
creatorOf Bywaters, Jerry. Jerry Bywaters papers, [ca. 1900-1979]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Brooklyn Museum. Dept. of Painting and Sculpture. Institutional file, Exhibitions. William Zorach: paintings, watercolors and drawings, 1911-1922. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Tatti, Benedict, 1917-1993. Benedict Tatti papers, 1936-2011, bulk 1945-1993. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Schiff, John. William Zorach with sculpture [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Winters, Denny, 1907-1985. Denny Winters papers, 1936-1978. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf William Zorach Papers, 1822-1974, (bulk 1930-1968) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. Federal art program papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry L. Hopkins, 1932-1942. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960. Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997. Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers, 1863-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1837-1996, bulk 1900-1956 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
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Relation Name
associatedWith Agostini, Peter. person
associatedWith American Federation of Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Barr, Alfred Hamilton, 1902-1981 person
associatedWith Biddle, George, 1885- person
associatedWith Bischoff, Ilse, 1901-1990 person
associatedWith Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. person
associatedWith Bontecou, Lee, 1931- person
associatedWith Bourdon, Margarita. person
associatedWith Brooklyn Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Brooklyn Museum. Dept. of Painting and Sculpture. corporateBody
associatedWith Brooklyn Museum. Dept. of Photography. corporateBody
associatedWith Budin, Shaya. person
correspondedWith Bywaters, Jerry person
associatedWith Carlton, Margaret, 1903-1998. person
associatedWith Carlton, Margaret Gillies, 1903-1998. person
associatedWith Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925. person
associatedWith Columbia University. Oral History Research Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Cone, Etta. person
associatedWith Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. person
associatedWith Daniel Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith De Creeft, José, 1884-1982. person
correspondedWith Dodd, Lamar person
associatedWith Downtown Gallery corporateBody
associatedWith Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Eaves, Winslow, b. 1922 person
correspondedWith Ellerbe and Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Epstein, Jacob, Sir, 1880-1959 person
associatedWith Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997. person
correspondedWith Franzheim, Kenneth, 1890-1959 person
associatedWith Fruhauf, Aline, 1909-1978. person
associatedWith Garramone, Joseph person
correspondedWith Goodrich, Lloyd, 1897- person
associatedWith Greenman, Frances Cranmer, 1890-1981. person
associatedWith Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991. person
associatedWith Gussow, Bernard, 1881-1957. person
associatedWith Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970. person
associatedWith Hancock, Walker Kirtland, 1901- person
associatedWith Herman, Andrew. person
associatedWith Hobson, Katherine Thayer, 1889-1982. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. person
associatedWith Imogen Cunningham person
associatedWith Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach, 1917- person
associatedWith King, Marian. person
associatedWith Klauber, Alice Ellen, 1871-1951. person
associatedWith Klitgaard, Georgina, 1893- person
associatedWith Klonis, Stewart, 1901-1989. person
associatedWith Kruse, Alexander Z., 1888-1972. person
associatedWith Laurent, Robert, 1890-1970. person
associatedWith Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955. person
correspondedWith Maldarelli, Oronzio, 1892-1962 person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Morse, John D., 1906- person
correspondedWith Murphy & Mackey corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nakian, Reuben, 1897-1986 person
associatedWith Navas, Elizabeth S., 1885-1979. person
associatedWith Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988 person
associatedWith Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970. person
correspondedWith Rockefeller family family
correspondedWith Rockefeller family family
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Saltsberg, Jerry. person
associatedWith Sanders, Walt. person
associatedWith Schiff, John. person
associatedWith Schoener, Jason. person
associatedWith Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969. person
associatedWith Smith, Jacob Getlar, 1898-1958. person
associatedWith Starr, Louis Morris, 1917-1980, person
associatedWith Sterner, Marie, 1880-1953. person
associatedWith Storrs, John Henry Bradley, 1885-1956. person
associatedWith Tatti, Benedict, 1917-1993. person
associatedWith Trommer, Marie, b. 1895. person
associatedWith Ward, Lynd, 1905- person
associatedWith Warshawsky, A. G. (Abel G.), 1883-1962. person
associatedWith Watson, Forbes person
associatedWith Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960. person
associatedWith Weber, Max person
correspondedWith Weber, Max, 1881-1961 person
associatedWith Weichsel, John, 1870-1946. person
associatedWith Weschler, Anita person
associatedWith Whitney Museum of American Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Winters, Denny, 1907-1985. person
associatedWith Wortman, Denys, 1887-1958. person
associatedWith Yaddo (Artist's colony) corporateBody
correspondedWith Zorach family family
correspondedWith Zorach family family
associatedWith Zorach family. person
associatedWith Zorach, Marguerite, 1887-1968. person
correspondedWith Zorach, Marguerite, 1889-1966 person
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Art--Study and teaching
Art, American
Painters--Interviews
Sculptors--Interviews
Sculpture, Modern--20th century
Arts
Art, Abstract
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Painting, Modern--20th century
Painting, American
Sculpture, American
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Birth 1887-02-28

Death 1966-11-15

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