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Marguerite Thompson Zorach, 25 Sep 1887 - 27 Jun 1968  Search this
Marianne Moore, 15 Nov 1887 - 5 Feb 1972  Search this
Mary Warner Moore, 1862 - 1947  Search this
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 102.2 x 77.5 x 3.8cm (40 1/4 x 30 1/2 x 1 1/2")
Frame: 125.4 x 101 x 7.6cm (49 3/8 x 39 3/4 x 3")
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Born Kirkwood, Missouri
Author of more than a dozen volumes of verse, Marianne Moore received virtually every major literary award—including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award—that the United States had to offer. Moore was acclaimed by her contemporaries, including T. S. Eliot, who cited the “original sensibility and alert intelligence” of her poetry. Using unconventional metrical schemes and focusing on such no-nonsense virtues as courage, loyalty, and patience, her innovative and exquisitely crafted verse secured her a leading position among modernist writers.
This portrait by Marguerite Zorach—Marianne Moore and Her Mother—redolent with the bright fauvist colors and faceted cubist planes that the artist picked up from four years in Paris, records Moore at an important moment in her rise to fame. Moore’s mother played a significant role in her work as an editor. Although the canvas bears a date of 1919, recent scholarship suggests that sittings likely took place in 1925.
(Middendorf Gallery, Washington, D.C.); purchased 1987
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Marianne Moore: Female  Search this
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Marianne Moore: Communications\Journalist\Editor  Search this
Marianne Moore: Education\Educator\Teacher  Search this
Marianne Moore: Education\Educator\Librarian  Search this
Marianne Moore: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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National Portrait Gallery