Father and Child

William ZORACH

William Zorach (1887-1966), Father and Child, linoleum cut, 1916, signed bottom right margin. Reference: Efram L. Burk, The Prints of William Zorach (Print Quarterly, December, 2002, p. 372. In very good condition, on Japan paper, full margins, 115 x 115 mm.

A fine impression of this great rarity. Burk cites only three other impressions: Whitney Museum of Art, NY; NY Public Library; Boston Public Library.

Burk notes (in a discussion of another Zorach linoleum cut, Father and Son), that it’s tempting to interpret the figures as representing Zorach and his son Tessim, but Zorach stated otherwise: It’s a universal type. It has nothing to do with one particular person…all of my things have a sort of universal type even if I do my family or my wife, or my children. They have an impersonal and universal, a sort of static contained quality.” And in addition, they have a modernistic quality, gleaned through Zorach’s studies in Paris (1909-1911) and through the connections of his colleague and future wife Marguerite Thompson who had been introduced to Picasso, Zadkine, Matisse and others by her aunt, an artist who lived and worked in Paris at the time.