Summer (recto)

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


1913 (recto)
1914 (verso)


William Zorach
American, born Russia (now Lithuania), 1887–1966

About this artwork

William Zorach was better known for his wood and stone sculptures, but he began his career as a painter. He initially worked in a more conservative style, but while studying in Paris in 1911, he met Marguerite Thompson, who pushed him toward a more avant-garde aesthetic and would become his wife. In 1913 the couple rented a house in Chappaqua, New York, where Zorach painted Summer. This rare, early canvas shows Zorach’s love for the organic forms of nature and his exuberant use of color. The image of four languid nudes in a pastoral setting creates a splendid vision of the vie artistique, while the often non-naturalistic hues draw attention to the abstracted, patterned surface. Both in subject matter and style, Summer reveals his admiration for the work of Henri Matisse, which he would have seen in Paris and at the 1913 Armory Show.

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American Art, Gallery 271


William Zorach


Summer (recto)


United States




Oil on canvas


Signed and dated lower right: WM ZORACH. 1913. (recto) Signed and dated lower right: WM ZORACH. 1914 (verso)


73.7 × 88.9 cm (29 × 35 in.)

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Gift of Jamee J. and Marshall Field

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