Dahlov Ipcar

Dahlov Ipcar was an award-winning illustrator and author, as well as a prolific and accomplished painter. Best known for her colorful, kaleidoscopic paintings of animals, Ipcar also produced fabric collages, hooked rugs, needlepoint tapestries and unique soft sculptures. Ipcar’s larger works include ten mural projects in the United States, including hospitals in Massachusetts and Maine and post offices in Tennessee and Oklahoma. 

Ipcar was born on November 12, 1917, in Windsor, Vermont to famed sculptor, painter and educator William Zorach, and painter and textile artist Marguerite Thompson Zorach. She grew up in Greenwich Village, New York City spending most of her summers in Maine before moving there in 1937 after she married Adolph Ipcar.

In 1939, Dahlov Ipcar was the first woman and youngest individual to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Dahlov Ipcar authored thirty-four children’s books, three novels for young adults and two adult fiction novels in addition to the three books she illustrated for other authors. She received her first Junior Literature Guild selection for One Horse Farm in 1950, seven more followed through 1975 for: World Full of Horses (1955), Brown Cow Farm (1959), Stripes and Spots (1961), Wild and Tame Animals (1962), Horses of Long Ago (1965), The Song of Day Birds and the Night Birds (1967) and Bug City (1975).

She earned an honorary doctor of humane letters from the University of Maine in 1979. Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees followed from Colby College in 1980, Bates College in 1991 and the Maine College of Art in 2013. She received the Kerlan Award for Children’s Literature from the University of Minnesota in 1998.

Dahlov Ipcar died on February 10, 2017, at her farmhouse in Georgetown, Maine. She was 99 years old.  Adolph Ipcar predeceased Dahlov in 2003. They had been married 67 years. Dahlov is survived by son, Robert Ipcar and his wife, Jane Landis, son Charles Ipcar and wife Judy Barrows, four grandchildren-Julie, Matt, Katie, and Jenna - three great-grandchildren, Gavin, Zev and Lucie.

Tiger Pool, 24" x 30", oil on linen