Harry Hathaway (American, 1902-1985)

Hathaway was an American film director with a prolific career in Hollywood spanning over three decades. Before directing over sixty films, Hathaway started in silent films as an actor and transitioned to behind the screen in the 1930s. His most notable works include True Grit (1969), Niagra (1953), and How the West Has Won (1963). Known for his versatility and innovative use of location, Hathaway was an expert at creating tension and drama on screen.

In the work by artist Marguerite Zorach, Hathaway stands in a space devoid of background with his arms crossed. Zorach’s use of negative space creates a minimalist portrait of the director, and her use of color highlights some of his most unique features.