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Marguerite Thompson Zorach (1887-1968)
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Marguerite Thompson Zorach (1887-1968)

The Picnic

Details
Marguerite Thompson Zorach (1887-1968)
The Picnic
oil on canvas
34 x 44 in. (86.4 x 111.8 cm.)
Painted in 1928.
Provenance
The artist.
Estate of the above.
Kraushaar Galleries, New York.
Acquired by the late owner from the above, 1984.
Literature
“Marguerite Zorach,” Arts, vol. 48, June 1974, p. 60.
“Marguerite Zorach,” Artnews, April 1984, p. 175, illustrated.
D. Tepfer, Samuel Halpert: Art and Life, 1884-1930, New York, 2001, p. 14, fig. 16, illustrated.
B.B. Stretch, "Downtown Girl," Artnews, October 2006, p. 159, illustrated.
L. Pollock, The Girl with the Gallery: Edith Gregor Halpert and the Making of the Modern Art Market, New York, 2006, n.p., illustrated.
Exhibited
New York, Kraushaar Galleries, Marguerite Zorach, March 11-April 6, 1974, no. 13, cover illustration.
Greensboro, North Carolina, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Spring Loan Exhibition, April 8-29, 1979.
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Wilkes College, Sordoni Art Gallery, 1933 Revisited: American Masters of the Early Thirties, March 20-April 24, 1983, p. 51, no. 40, illustrated.
New York, Kraushaar Galleries, Marguerite Zorach: At Home and Abroad, 1984, no. 10.
St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Art Museum; Honolulu, Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of Arts; Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, The Ebsworth Collection: American Modernism, 1911-1947, November 20, 1987-June 5, 1988, pp. 194-95, 223, no. 75, illustrated.
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art; Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Twentieth-Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection, March 5-November 12, 2000, pp. 272-74, no. 74, illustrated.
Portland, Maine, Portland Museum of Art, Harmonies and Contrasts: The Art of Marguerite and William Zorach, November 8, 2001-January 6, 2002, p. 83, illustrated.
New York, Gerald Peters Gallery, Marguerite Zorach: A Life in Art, May 3-June 8, 2007.
Rockland, Maine, Farnsworth Art Museum, Marguerite Zorach: An Art-Filled Life, June 17, 2017-January 7, 2018.
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Lot Essay

In The Picnic, Marguerite Zorach applies her unique Folk Art-influenced style of Modernism to form a tapestry-like composition of some of her closest friends and family members. Set in a landscape resembling her summer home in Robinhood, Maine, the artist herself can be seen reclining at lower left. Next to her, in a blue dress, sits her friend and dealer Edith Halpert of the influential Downtown Gallery. The man with the camera at upper right is thought to be Edith's husband, Samuel Halpert, and the kneeling man at center has been identified by scholars as either the artist's husband, William Zorach, or the curator Eddie Cahill. The Zorach children, Tessim and Dahlov, can be seen climbing a tree at upper left.

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