Dramatic and exotic figures in faraway places are common in the vivid, colorful works Marguerite Thompson Zorach favored in her early career. The figures here are engulfed in a flurry of orange, green, red, and lavender, giving the scene an other-worldly feel as the nude participants reach toward the mountain summit in a mysterious ritual.
Painted in Paris in 1909, Rites of Spring reflects Zorach’s immersion in the Parisian art world, particularly in the work of Henri Matisse, who painted similar pastoral scenes in the years leading up to Zorach’s work. Shortly after completing this painting, Zorach shifted to a different palette and a more cubist-influenced style, in tune with the wave of modernism in the Parisian avant-garde.
Loose-leaf gyokuro, a high-grade Japanese green tea that is high in L-theanine, and has a vibrant green color, owing to shading during the last few weeks before picking. Associated with the theanine, gyokuro has a strong savory or umami flavor. This particular tea is sold by Arbor Teas.