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William Zorach
Seated Cat (Tookey)

William Zorach  Seated Cat (Tookey)  1
William Zorach  Seated Cat (Tookey)  1
William Zorach (1887 - 1966)
Seated Cat (Tookey)
Pink Tennessee Marble
American, 1927
18.5" high x 8" wide x 12" deep


Tookey was the Zorach family cat for nine years. Zorach made a great number of drawings of cats as well as carvings of them done in various materials, including stone and wood, over the span of his career.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has a version of this sculpture in granite in its permanent collection, which was on view at the American Museum of Folk art in the exhibition "Folk Art and American Modernism," from July 18 through September 27, 2015.

This example was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Forty-First Annual Exhibition in 1928. It was also exhibited in 1929 in the exhibition Contemporary American Sculpture at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and is illustrated in the catalog.

Provenance: 

Collection of R.J.F. Schwartzfenbach
Private collection, Atlanta

Exhibited: 

Art Institute of Chicago, Forty-First Annual Exhibition, Chicago, 1928
San Francisco, The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1929

Literature:

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, The Catalogue or Contemporary American Sculpture, 1929, p. 343.

Roberta K. Tarbell, Catalogue Raisonné of William Zorach’s Carved Sculptures, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Delaware, 1976, no. 1.

William Zorach  Seated Cat (Tookey)  2
William Zorach  Seated Cat (Tookey)  2
William Zorach (1887 - 1966)
Seated Cat (Tookey)
Pink Tennessee Marble
American, 1927
18.5" high x 8" wide x 12" deep


Tookey was the Zorach family cat for nine years. Zorach made a great number of drawings of cats as well as carvings of them done in various materials, including stone and wood, over the span of his career.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has a version of this sculpture in granite in its permanent collection, which was on view at the American Museum of Folk art in the exhibition "Folk Art and American Modernism," from July 18 through September 27, 2015.

This example was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Forty-First Annual Exhibition in 1928. It was also exhibited in 1929 in the exhibition Contemporary American Sculpture at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and is illustrated in the catalog.

Provenance: 

Collection of R.J.F. Schwartzfenbach
Private collection, Atlanta

Exhibited: 

Art Institute of Chicago, Forty-First Annual Exhibition, Chicago, 1928
San Francisco, The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1929

Literature:

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, The Catalogue or Contemporary American Sculpture, 1929, p. 343.

Roberta K. Tarbell, Catalogue Raisonné of William Zorach’s Carved Sculptures, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Delaware, 1976, no. 1.

William Zorach  Seated Cat (Tookey)  3
William Zorach  Seated Cat (Tookey)  3
William Zorach (1887 - 1966)
Seated Cat (Tookey)
Pink Tennessee Marble
American, 1927
18.5" high x 8" wide x 12" deep


Tookey was the Zorach family cat for nine years. Zorach made a great number of drawings of cats as well as carvings of them done in various materials, including stone and wood, over the span of his career.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has a version of this sculpture in granite in its permanent collection, which was on view at the American Museum of Folk art in the exhibition "Folk Art and American Modernism," from July 18 through September 27, 2015.

This example was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Forty-First Annual Exhibition in 1928. It was also exhibited in 1929 in the exhibition Contemporary American Sculpture at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and is illustrated in the catalog.

Provenance: 

Collection of R.J.F. Schwartzfenbach
Private collection, Atlanta

Exhibited: 

Art Institute of Chicago, Forty-First Annual Exhibition, Chicago, 1928
San Francisco, The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1929

Literature:

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, The Catalogue or Contemporary American Sculpture, 1929, p. 343.

Roberta K. Tarbell, Catalogue Raisonné of William Zorach’s Carved Sculptures, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Delaware, 1976, no. 1.





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