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Lost Lake, Yosemite

Marguerite Thompson Zorach

American Art

Expressive design was always at the heart of Marguerite Zorach’s art. Basing her imagery on some firsthand sketches (in this case made on a trip to Yosemite in 1920), Zorach preferred to work away from her original motifs in nature to achieve a composition independent of direct observation. Employing a decorative approach—with formal patterns and non-naturalistic colors—in a number of media, she initially was best known for her hand-sewn pictorial tapestries, for which her watercolors sometimes served as preparatory designs.
MEDIUM Watercolor over graphite on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured, wove paper
DATES 1920
DIMENSIONS 10 1/16 x 13 5/8 in. (25.6 x 34.6 cm) Frame: 18 x 24 x 1 1/2 in. (45.7 x 61 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed in pen and brown ink at bottom right: "M. ZORACH / 1920"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Ettie Stettheimer
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Marguerite Thompson Zorach (American, 1887–1968). Lost Lake, Yosemite, 1920. Watercolor over graphite on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured, wove paper, 10 1/16 x 13 5/8 in. (25.6 x 34.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Ettie Stettheimer, 45.122. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 45.122.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 45.122.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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