William Zorach was
a Jewish painter/sculptor.
He was born in
Eurburg (now Jurbarkas), Lithuania on
February 28, 1887. His family immigrated
to Cleveland, Ohio,
when he was four and changed the family name
to Finkelstein. Zorach studied at the Cleveland
School of Art and the National Academy of
Design in New York. Following two years in
France, Zorach returned to the United States
and became a permanent resident of New York.
In 1911, Zorach married Marguerite Thompson
and the couple adopted Zorach’s original
In 1922 he switched from painting
to sculpting and evolved a personal and monumental
style that placed him among the foremost
sculptors of his day. Zorach carved mainly
in stone and wood and is known for the simplicity
and solidity of his sculptures. His works
are displayed in many private and public
collections, including the Whiney Museum,
which own his Pegasus and Future
Generation, and the Radio City Music
Hall, which owns his Spirit of the Dance.
taught at the Art Students League and
received his D.F.A. from Bates College in Maine.
died in Bath, Maine on November 15, 1966.
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