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Tree - Yosemite

William Zorach

American Art

William Zorach developed his modernist approach after studying at the progressive Paris art school La Palette. Typical of the work in watercolor that he pursued throughout his career—even after he abandoned oil painting for sculpture in 1922—this magical image was based on a five-month sojourn in Yosemite. Exploiting liquid watercolor washes to create soft-edged forms in gem-like colors, Zorach conveyed the transcendent quality he experienced in that landscape, which he described as “the garden of Eden.”
MEDIUM Watercolor over graphite on white, moderately thick, moderately to rough textured wove paper mounted to woodpulp board
DATES 1920
DIMENSIONS Paper: 15 1/4 x 13 1/8 in. (38.7 x 33.3 cm) Board: 19 15/16 x 18 1/16 x 1/8 in. (50.6 x 45.9 x 0.3 cm) Frame: 29 7/8 x 23 15/16 x 1 1/2 in. (75.9 x 60.8 x 3.8 cm)
SIGNATURE Lower left: "Zorach -- 1920 --"
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 45.123
CREDIT LINE Gift of Ettie Stettheimer
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