Jul 15, 2017

William Zorach's Penis Art

What does this look like to you?

Me, too.

I saw it at the Baseball Hall of Fame, in a painting called The Baseball Player (1940), by William Zorach.

It's supposed to be a baseball glove, I suppose, but it's hard to see it as anything but a penis.

William Zorach (1887 to 1966) was a Lithuanian-American sculptor and painter. He and his wife Marguerite lived in Paris during the 1920s, where they befriended many of the gay expatriots, such as Gertrude Stein and James Baldwin.  Later they moved to Greenwich Village, and then to Provincetown as it turned into a gay enclave.

There aren't a lot of penises in his work. "Male Youth" is an exception.

Usually it's discretely hidden, as in the nude "Pioneer Family."

Or covered up altogether, as in "The Runner."

But there's always room for phallic symbols.

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