William Zorach, American sculpture, 1887-1966
illiam Zorach was born in Lithuania in 1877. When he was four years old his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Cleveland. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to a lithographer for whom he worked for three years, studying at the Cleveland School of Art at night. In 1908 Zorach moved to New York to study at the National Academy of Design. In 1910 he traveled to Paris where he first saw European modernist painting. Zorach was particularly attracted to the cubist works of Picasso and the fauve paintings by Matisse and resolved to merge these styles into his art. Four of his paintings were selected for exhibition in the prestigious Salon d'Automne in 1911. Zorach returned to the United States a year later first to Cleveland and then to New York.