Marguerite Thompson Zorach
Marguerite Zorach (born Marguerite Thompson) was born in Santa Rosa, California in 1887. In 1907 she went to Paris where she studied under John Duncan Fergusson and Jacques-Emile Blanche. For four years she remained in Paris where her work was shown at the Salon in 1909 and in the Salon D’Automne in 1910 and 1911. Also in Paris, Marguerite met William Zorach, whom she married in 1912. William and Marguerite exhibited in the 1913 Armory Show in New York City and in the 1915 Forum Exhibition.
Marguerite designed and painted scenery for the Provincetown Players in 1916. She experimented with fauvism and cubism and in 1919 she returned to a more representational style, while still retaining some of the qualities of her earlier work. She was noted as only person to have made a fine art of embroidered tapestry in the 20th century. In 1926 she was commissioned to complete a tapestry of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. family at Seal Harbor in Maine.
Marguerite Zorach also experimented with hooked rugs, textiles, prints and batiks, as well as oils in her later years. She was President of the Society of Women Artists during the 1920s and a Member of the Board of Governors of Skowhegan School of Art during the 1950s and 1960s. Zorach received the Silver Medal from the San Francisco Legion of Honor in 1919, the Logan Medal from the Chicago Art Institute in 1920 and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Bates College in 1964.