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Nude and Flowers

A work made of linen, plain weave; cotton, wool and silk, plain and twill weaves, velvet and knitted strips forming “hooked” pile; edges with wool, single crochet.
Image Courtesy of Debra Force Fine Art, New York.

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  • A work made of linen, plain weave; cotton, wool and silk, plain and twill weaves, velvet and knitted strips forming “hooked” pile; edges with wool, single crochet.

Date:

1922

Artist:

Marguerite Zorach (American, 1887–1968)

About this artwork

In Nude and Flowers, Marguerite Thompson Zorach foregrounded both aesthetic and sensory experiences by using textiles as her medium. The looped or hooked fabric strips (cut from well-loved garments), which have been pulled through and held in place by the woven ground, emphasize an approach to artmaking that is as much about touch and the manipulation of materials as it is about their visual arrangement. Zorach carried this sensory engagement further with the large, stylized flowers, foliage, and shells that surround the nude figure; their lushness and scale suggest a potent olfactory and tactile experience.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Marguerite Zorach

Title

Nude and Flowers

Place

United States (Object made in)

Date

Made 1922

Medium

Linen, plain weave; cotton, wool and silk, plain and twill weaves, velvet and knitted strips forming “hooked” pile; edges with wool, single crochet

Inscriptions

Signed “MZ,” lower left, “1922,” lower right

Dimensions

121.9 x 78.7 cm (48 1/2 x 31 in.)

Credit Line

Director's Discretionary Acquisition Fund; Pauline Seipp Armstrong, and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Textile endowment funds

Reference Number

2021.137

Extended information about this artwork

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