I have never heard of Marguerite Thompson Zorach. She was born in California in 1887 and died in Brooklyn in 1968. Her husband, William Zorach, was also an artist, most famous for his sculptures. I had never heard of him either.
She was a Modernist. The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation. The Fauvists were modernists, as were the Cubists and the Surrealists.
This art has always appealed to me and the Fauvists, in particular, have a special appeal. While the Group of Seven are not usually included in the list of famous Modernist painters, they should be. Of course, the Group of Seven aren’t included in lists of ANY famous artists, which still amazes me.
Some of Zorach’s work resembles that of the Group of Seven, but she was also influenced by the Scottish Colourists (note the British spelling), most notable John Duncan Fergusson, who was one of her teachers. His work is also amazing and very appealing to me as well.
Despite the fact that I have never heard of any of these artists, they are well represented in museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, MOMA, the Smithsonian and others. And their work is currently for sale at some galleries and at major auction houses. Despite their relative obscurity, they are remain out my price range.
Here’s some examples of Zorach’s work, followed by Fergusson.