William Zorach

William Zorach
American 1887 – 1966
The Dream, 1949
Pink marble
9 H. x 12 W. x 5 ¼ D., inches
Signed front right base: Zorach
Signed rear base: Zorach
Signed underneath in red wax pencil: Zorach
Zabriskie Gallery label underneath

William Zorach
American 1887 – 1966
Sleeping Cat
Bronze, natural bronze patina
Mounted on period wood base
2 ⅜ H. x 6 ⅜ W. x 5 D. inches

Artist Description

Zorach Gorfinkel was born in 1889 into a Lithuanian Jewish family in Jurbarkas (Russian: Eurburg) in Lithuania (then a part of the Russian Empire) as the eighth of ten children, Zorach (then his given name) emigrated with his family to the United States in 1894. They settled in Cleveland, Ohio under the name “Finkelstein”. In school, his first name was changed to “William” by a teacher. Zorach stayed in Ohio for almost 15 years pursuing his artistic endeavors. He worked as a lithographer as a teenager and went on to study painting with Henry G. Keller at the Cleveland School of Art from 1905 to 1907. In 1908, Zorach moved to New York in enroll in the National Academy of Design. In 1910, Zorach moved to Paris with Cleveland artist and lithographer, Elmer Brubeck, to continue his artistic training at the La Palette art school.

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