Plain weave silk; wool embroidery
Object: 86.4 x 72.4 cm (34 x 28 1/2 in.); Framed: 90.2 x 77.5 cm (35 1/2 x 30 1/2 in.)
Edwin R. and Harriet Pelton Perkins Memorial Fund 2020.261
Painstaking and time-consuming to make, Zorach’s embroideries are extremely rare, numbering fewer than 20 examples.
Marguerite Zorach conceived and executed her embroideries as major aesthetic statements at a time when the medium was routinely considered “craft,” as opposed to “fine art,” thereby erasing such distinctions. One of her most acclaimed works, The Family is a celebration of domesticity in harmony with nature, presenting the artist, her husband, and their son with an evergreen tree and four pairs of animals.
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