Marguerite Zorach (1887-1968), The Desert, etching and drypoint, signed, dated (1909) and inscribed “Paris” in pencil, lower right. In good condition, on a cream laid paper with margins, 3 3/8 x 5, the sheet 4 3/4 x 6 21/4 inches.
A fine proof impression of this great rarity, printed in a bluish black ink, with some stray inking in the margins as typical of her proofs (no edition is known) printed personally at this time.
Marguerite Zorach had enrolled at Stanford, but was invited to Paris by her aunt. On the day of her arrival, in November 1908, she visited the Salon Automne, and so was exposed to the French Fauves. Soon thereafter she met Gertrude Stein, talked with Picasso, and was befriended by Zadkine (and eventually met, and married, William Zorach). In this very rare and early etching (we have not seen another impression on the market) The Desert we see the influence of Symbolism in her work, typical of her focus soon after her arrival in Paris. She was later influenced by cubism and expressionism, idioms just then evolving in Europe.
At the time Marguerite Zorach made this print (1909) she was not yet married to William Zorach (they met in Paris in 1911 and married in 1912); she was still Marguerite Thompson. As was her practice with the few very rare and early proofs that we have encountered, she signed and dated (for the time the print was made) after she was married to Zorach, and she used her married name when signing it.