William Zorach was born in Lithuania in 1887. When Zorach was four, his family emigrated to the United States and settled near Cleveland. He studied art at the Cleveland School of Art and the National Academy of Design in New York City. Zorach traveled to Paris to study in 1910 and upon his return to the United States, he settled in New York.
In 1916, in Provincetown, MA Zorach produced a small number of modernist blockprints that were printed in very small editions. The prints were linoleum cuts on thin Japan paper, signed by the artists in pencil.
In 1922, Zorach turned from painting to sculpture, the medium that he is best- known for. Though he had no formal training in the field of sculpture, he evolved a personal and monumental style that set him among the foremost sculptors of his time.