Brock & Co.

William Zorach (1887 - 1966)
Baseball Catcher, c. 1930
Bronze
13 inches (height)
Signed at base
One of an edition of six (marked 1/6)
PROVENANCE
Tessim Zorach, Brooklyn, New York, 1985
John P. Axelrod, Boston, Massachusetts, until 1998
Private Collection, Massachusetts
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
NOTE: According to Peter Zorach, the Zorach family records indicate that Baseball Catcher is a lifetime cast. It was part of a planned edition of six, but it appears that only two were cast.


William Zorach, sculptor, painter and teacher, was born February 28, 1887, in Eurburick-Kovno, Russia. He came to this country in 1891, and lived in New York and Maine. His academic training included studies in Paris, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the National Academy of Design in New York City.

He was a teacher at the Des Moines Art Center, and at the Art Students League in New York City from 1929 to 1966.

Zorach was the recipient of numerous awards including: MFA, Bowdoin Club; DFA, Colby Club; Widener Memorial Medal; National Institute Arts and Letters gold medal; New York Architectural League honorable mention prize, Art Institute of Chicago, 1931, medal and purchase prize, 1932; others.

He exhibited at the Taylor Gallery, Downtown Gallery, Whitney Museum, Queens College, Brooklyn Museum, Zabriskie Gallery (all in NYC); Art Institute of Chicago; Art Students League; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

His work can be found in the collections of Phillips Academy, Andover; Newark Museum; Webb Gallery, Vermont; Butler Institute, Youngstown, Ohio; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Whitney Museum, Columbia University (both in NYC); and the IBM Collection. He was a contributor to Magazine of Art, Creative Arts, National Encyclopedia, and other publications. Zorach was also the author of Zorach Explains Sculpture.

Zorach died in Bath, Maine, on November 15, 1966.