American (1887 - 1968)
Born in California in 1887, Marguerite went to Paris to study art in 1908. There she enrolled in La Palette, an avant-garde art school where she studied under Scottish fauvist painter John Duncan Fergusson. While in Europe, she exhibited at the Salon d’Automne and the Societe des Artists Independents. While in Paris, she met her husband William Zorach. Upon their return to the United States, the Zorachs settled in New York City and joined a small group of modern artists in New England, exhibiting Fauvist paintings at the Armory Show in 1913 as well as Cubist and Expressionist works at the Forum Exhibition in New York in 1916. In 1923, the Zorachs purchased a home in Georgetown, Maine, beginning their long connection to the area, which was a source of inspiration for both artists.
An accomplished painter in her own right, Marguerite often collaborated with William on his sculptural pieces, providing designs and drawings; she also created many large, brightly colored, intricate tapestries. Marguerite Zorach’s works can be found in numerous private, corporate, and public collections across the country including such acclaimed locales as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, the WhitneyMuseum of Art, the MOMA and at ColbyCollege. Zorach was a member of the New York Society of Women Artists.