Marguerite Thompson Zorach
Hillside Pasture-New Hampshire, 1917
Signed Marguerite Zorach (lr); inscribed Marguerite Zorach./276 Hicks St./Brooklyn.../New York/The Pasture,/Price$400 on the verso
Watercolor on paper
14 x 11 inches
Kraushaar Galleries, New York
Private collection, New York, 1968-2001
Tom Veilleux Gallery, Portland, ME
Private collection, New York
New York, Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, Partners in Modernism: The Art of Marguerite and William Zorach, Apr. 11-May 25, 2007
Partners in Modernism: The Art of Marguerite and William Zorach, NY: Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, 2007, p. 22, illus.
"Although she recognized that the city was a better place to advance their career, Marguerite [Zorach] preferred life in the country. Accordingly, at the beginning of their marriage she and William decided that each summer they would escape the city for the countryside.... In 1917, the couple spent the summer, and the fall as a result of Marguerite's pregnancy, at Echo Farm, a home belonging to their friend Mrs. Henry Fitch Taylor in Plainfield, New Hampshire. Completed then, Hillside Pasture, New Hampshire demonstrates the ascending influence of Cubism on Marguerite's work. Refuting any sense of illusionism, she created a balanced composition that emphasizes decorative rhythms and flatness over representation. Simplifying the forms of the trees, ground and cows into basic schematic shapes, the artist made ambiguous the spatial arrangement of the pictorial elements. At the same time, the watercolor's earthy color scheme reflects the pervasive shift from bright, vivacious hues to darker, muted tones sparingly punctuated by vibrant, highly saturated ones that took place in the artist's work during the later teens. An imaginative and spontaneous work, Hillside Pasture, New Hampshire ultimately evidences Marguerite's love for the country while demonstrating her experimental nature." [Leah Redfield, Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, New York, 2007]
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