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Marianne Moore

Marguerite Thompson Zorach

American Art

The modernist poet Marianne Moore is readily recognizable here by her slender face and neck, her elongated fingers, and her signature mannish dress. Notwithstanding the reductive and linear approach to form in this portrait, it crackles with personality, conveyed through the artist’s use of expressive lines and physical distortions, particularly in the hands.

Marguerite Zorach and Moore were both involved in New York City’s vanguard cultural circles and admired each other’s works. Zorach’s richly colored paintings and embroideries served as the source of inspiration for Moore’s poem “In the Days of Prismatic Color” (1923).
MEDIUM Graphite on beige colored, medium weight, smooth, wove paper
DATES ca. 1925
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS On verso, inscribed in blue ball-point pen, lower right: "H-327"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Tessim Zorach
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Marguerite Thompson Zorach (American, 1887–1968). Marianne Moore, ca. 1925. Graphite on beige colored, medium weight, smooth, wove paper, Sheet: 11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Tessim Zorach, 80.87. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 80.87_IMLS_PS3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 80.87_IMLS_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1/7/2010
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © Estate of Marguerite Thompson Zorach
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