William Zorach(American, b. Lithuania, 1887-1966)
Mother and Childca. 1921-1930
65 x 28 5/16 x 23 1/6 in.
Chazen Museum of Art;
Class of 1927 Gift Fund Purchase, 1977.112
In a quest to feature sculpture outside the relatively new Elvehjem Art Center opened in 1970, now the Chazen Museum of Art, the museum purchased Mother and Child in 1977. Born in Lithuania, William Zorach immigrated to the United States as a young boy, first settling in Cleveland. Notably, Zorach was included in the 1913 Armory Show, an important early exhibition of avant-garde art in New York City. Although his earlier works are primarily paintings and watercolors, he later devoted himself to sculpture. His artwork is included in museum collections across the country.
Mother and Child is located outside in a courtyard next to the north entrance to the Conrad A. Elvehjem Building.
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Elvehjem Museum of Art. Handbook of the Collection. Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin- Madison. Madison, 1990