Two Sisters- Marguerite and Her Sister Edith (Primary Title)

Marguerite Zorach, American, 1887 - 1968 (Artist)

oil on canvas
United States
Unframed: 30 × 25 in. (76.2 × 63.5 cm)
Framed: 32 7/8 × 27 7/8 in. (83.5 × 70.8 cm)
Celebrated for her strong sense of color and design in painting and textile, Marguerite Thompson Zorach belonged to America’s pioneering generation of avant-garde artists. Along with her husband, William, she exhibited her post-impressionist and fauve-inspired paintings in a number of important exhibitions of modern art, including the landmark 1913 Armory Show. This striking painting from 1921—an intimate portrait of Marguerite (left) and her younger sister, Edith, in a dynamic cityscape of fragmented buildings—is representative of the family themes that run throughout her career. Its simplified forms and angularity reveal the artist’s contemporary study of American folk art as well as Egyptian sculpture.
Modern; Post-impressionism
Signed and dated in lower right M ZORACH/ 1921
J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art
New Women: Four New York Modernists, 1910 - 1935, Norton Museum of Art, February 18 – May 15, 2016; Portland Museum of Art, Maine, summer 2016
©artist or artist’s estate

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