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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)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Lower left: "Zorach -- 1920 --"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Ettie Stettheimer
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION William Zorach (American, born Lithuania, 1887–1966). Tree - Yosemite, 1920. Watercolor over graphite on white, moderately thick, moderately to rough textured wove paper mounted to woodpulp board, Paper: 15 1/4 x 13 1/8 in. (38.7 x 33.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Ettie Stettheimer, 45.123. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 45.123_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 45.123_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © Estate of William Zorach
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