Plain weave silk; wool embroidery
Object: 86.4 x 72.4 cm (34 x 28 1/2 in.); Framed: 91.4 x 77.8 cm (36 x 30 5/8 in.)
Edwin R. and Harriet Pelton Perkins Memorial Fund 2020.261
In 1925, Zorach served as first president of the New York Society of Women Artists, an organization still in existence.
Marguerite Zorach conceived her large, complex embroideries as major artistic statements at a time when the medium was routinely considered “craft,” as opposed to “fine art.” In doing so, she helped to erase such distinctions. One of her most acclaimed works, this example celebrates humanity in harmony with nature, presenting the artist, her husband (a Cleveland-raised sculptor named William Zorach), and their son amid an evergreen tree and four pairs of animals. Very time consuming to create, Zorach’s embroideries are rare.
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