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Anders Zorn Drawing - Bedouin Girl by Anders Zorn

Bedouin Girl

Anders Zorn Painting - Dalecarlian Girl Knitting. Cabbage Margit by Anders Zorn

Dalecarlian Girl Knitting. Cabbage Margit

Anders Zorn Painting - Hugo Reisinger by Anders Zorn

Hugo Reisinger

Anders Zorn Drawing - Our Daily Bread by Anders Zorn

Our Daily Bread

Anders Zorn Painting - Girl From Mora by Anders Zorn

Girl From Mora

Anders Zorn Drawing - Carmen. Spanish Woman In Profile II by Anders Zorn

Carmen. Spanish Woman In Profile II

Anders Zorn Drawing - Man And Boy In Algiers by Anders Zorn

Man And Boy In Algiers

Anders Zorn Drawing - Reveil.boulevard Clichy by Anders Zorn

Reveil.boulevard Clichy

Anders Zorn Painting - Sun In The Forest by Anders Zorn

Sun In The Forest

Anders Zorn Painting - Margit by Anders Zorn


Anders Zorn Painting - The Girl From Alvdalen by Anders Zorn

The Girl From Alvdalen

Anders Zorn Painting - Lace-making In Venice by Anders Zorn

Lace-making In Venice

Anders Zorn Painting - Female Figure by Anders Zorn

Female Figure

Anders Zorn Painting - A Portrait Of The Daughters Of Ramon Subercaseaux by Anders Zorn

A Portrait Of The Daughters Of Ramon Subercaseaux

Anders Zorn Painting - Evening by Anders Zorn


Anders Zorn Drawing - Mephisto. Consul Harald Johan Dahlander by Anders Zorn

Mephisto. Consul Harald Johan Dahlander

Anders Zorn Painting - Midsummer Dance by Anders Zorn

Midsummer Dance

 Drawing - Spanish Lady From Madrid II by Anders Zorn

Spanish Lady From Madrid II

 Drawing - The Letter by Anders Zorn

The Letter

 Drawing - Mathilde by Anders Zorn


 Drawing - Head Of Spanish Girl, Sevilla by Anders Zorn

Head Of Spanish Girl, Sevilla

A Musical Family

Castles in the Air

Sunday morning

Girl playing mandolin

The Embrace

Anders Zorn Painting - Summer Evening by Anders Zorn

Summer Evening

Anders Zorn Painting - Dagmar by Anders Zorn


Anders Zorn Painting - On The Bed Pa Sangkanten by Anders Zorn

On The Bed Pa Sangkanten

Anders Zorn Painting - Study Of A Nude by Anders Zorn

Study Of A Nude

Anders Zorn Painting - Wet by Anders Zorn


Anders Zorn Painting - Bather by Anders Zorn


 Drawing - Maja Von Heijne by Anders Zorn

Maja Von Heijne

 Drawing - Motherly Happiness by Anders Zorn

Motherly Happiness

 Drawing - Paul Troubetzkoy I by Anders Zorn

Paul Troubetzkoy I

 Drawing - My Model And My Boat by Anders Zorn

My Model And My Boat

 Drawing - Fence by Anders Zorn


 Drawing - A Place To Wade by Anders Zorn

A Place To Wade

 Drawing - Bust by Anders Zorn


After the Bath

A premiere

Coquelin Cadet

Fourteen years ...


Frieda Schiff


Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice



Nude in Fire Light

Nude Under a Fir

Portrait of Lisen Lamm

Self Portrait in Red

The Painter Bruno Liljefors

The Port of Hamburg

Two friends

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Famous Artists - Castles in the Air by Anders Zorn

Castles in the Air

Anders Zorn

Anders Leonard Zorn (18 February 1860 – 22 August 1920) was one of Sweden’s foremost artists. He obtained international success as a painter, sculptor and printmaker in etching.[1][2]


Zorn was born and raised on his grandparents' farm in Yvraden, a hamlet near the village of Utmeland in the parish of Mora, Dalarna.[3] He studied until the age of twelve in the school at Mora Strand before progressing in the autumn of 1872 to a secondary grammar school in Enköping.

From 1875 to 1880 Zorn studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm, where he amazed his teachers with his talent.[4] Members of Stockholm society approached him with commissions. This was how Zorn met his wife, Emma Lamm, early in 1881. Her background was different from Zorn's. Coming from a wealthy Jewish merchant family, she was interested in art and culture. Zorn traveled extensively to London, Paris, the Balkans, Spain, Italy and the United States, becoming an international success as one of the most acclaimed painters of his era.[5] It was primarily his skill as a portrait painter that gained Zorn international acclaim based principally upon his incisive ability to depict the individual character of his model.[6] His subjects included three American Presidents, one of whom was Grover Cleveland in 1899, as well as his wife, along with William H. Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. At 29, he was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur at the Exposition Universelle 1889 Paris World Fair.[7]


Zorn's art made him wealthy and he was thus able to build up a considerable collection of art. The objects were not only bought in his native country but also during the many travels he made abroad. In their joint will, Anders and Emma Zorn donated their entire holdings to the Swedish State.

Some of his most important works can be seen at the National Museum of Fine Arts (Swedish:Nationalmuseum) in Stockholm. Among them is Midsummer Dance (1897), a depiction of dancers in the evening light of a rural Midsummer Eve celebration. Other museums holding major works by Zorn include the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Zorn Collections (Swedish:Zornsamlingarna) located in Mora and Garberg, Älvdalen, consist of four museums dedicated to the life and works of Anders Zorn. The main museum - Zornmuseet - was designed by Ragnar Östberg and opened in 1939. Shown there, are extensive works of Zorn and his collected art by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, 'The Hovingham Master' (Poussin's follower), Bruno Liljefors, Albert Edelfelt, and Pehr Hilleström. The Bellman Prize (Bellmanpriset) is a literature prize for "an outstanding Swedish poet", every year awarded by the Swedish Academy. The prize was established by Anders Zorn and his wife Emma in 1920.[9][10]


In 1886, Anders Zorn and his wife Emma, had bought land close to Mora church and here they moved a cottage from his maternal grandfather's farm. When Anders and Emma Zorn decided to return to Sweden after several years abroad, they began to enlarge the cottage. Zorngården was completed in 1910.

Zorngården remains today much as it was at the time of Emma Zorn's death in 1942. It is a fine example of an artist's home from the turn of the century. With inspiration from English and Swedish architecture, it is today an excellent example of the architectural freedom that characterizes the years around 1900.

The main part of Zorngården consists of Zorn's home and a museum with his art, but there are two other museums that also are part of the Zorn Collections. Gammelgården is in the southern part of Mora and consists of 40-something timber houses that Zorn bought to make sure that the old art of building such houses would not be forgotten. Gopsmor, Zorn's refuge when under stress, is in the municipality of Älvdalen and is only open for visitors in July.[11]


While his early works were often brilliant, luminous watercolors, by 1887 he had switched firmly to oils. Zorn was a prolific artist. He became an international success as one of the most acclaimed portrait painters of his era. His sitters included three American Presidents, nobility, the Swedish king and queen and numerous members of high society. Zorn also painted portraits of family members, friends, and self-portraits. Zorn is also famous for his nude paintings.[12] His fondness of painting full-figured women gave rise to the terms Zorn's kulla or dalakulla, an unmarried woman or girl from Dalecarlia, as the women were called in the local dialect of the region Zorn lived.

The paintings have the freedom and energy of sketches, using warm and cool light and shade areas[13] with contrasting areas of warm and cool tones, and an understanding of colour contrasts and reflected lights. Zorn's accomplished use of the brush allows the forms and the texture of the painted subject to reflect and transmit light. In addition to portraits and nudes, Zorn excelled in realistic depictions of water, as well as scenes depicting rustic life and customs.

Other major works

Martha Dana (later Mrs. William Mercer) (1899) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
George Peabody Gardner (1899) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Traveling companion (Mr. Charles Deering) (1904) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


"Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter, National Academy Museum, New York – review". National Academy Museum, New York. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
Life of Anders Zorn
"Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter, National Academy Museum, New York – review". National Academy Museum, New York. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
"Anders Zorn". Artinthepicture.com.
Henry Clay Pierce
"Bellmanpriset 2012" [Bellman Prize 2012] (in Swedish). Swedish Academy. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
International Who's who in Poetry 2005. Europa Publications. 2004. p. 1724. ISBN 0-203-32580-X.
Alsing, Peter (April 22, 2007). "Anders Zorn, the Artist and Collector". Alsing.com.


Other sources

Birnbaum, Britta (1985). Paintings at Nationalmuseum. (Stockholm: Nationalmuseum) ISBN 91-7100-273-1
Lidbeck, Sven (2007). Anders Zorn Etchings – Catalogue Raisonné 2007. (Stockholm: Zorn Gallery) ISBN 978-91-631-8962-3
"Anders Zorn in the Gilded Age", PBS biography (Colorado Public Television), one hour, 2013.
Oliver Tostmann, ed., Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America (Boston: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (2013)

Additional reading

Asplund, Karl. Anders Zorn: His Life And Work (edited By Geoffrey Holme The Studio, Ltd. 1921)
Facos, Michelle, Swedish Impressionism and Its Boston Champion: Anders Zorn and Mrs. Gardner (Boston: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1993)
Facos, Michelle, “Anders Zorn and English Art,” The Nationalmuseum Bulletin (Spring 1994) vol. 18, no. 1: 58-67

Laurvik, John Nilsen Anders Zorn (F. Keppel. 1913)
Engstrom, Albert Anders Zorn (Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Forlag. 1928) Swedish
Boethius, Gerda Anders Zorn;: An international Swedish artist, his life and work (Stockholm: Nordisk Rotogravyr, 1962) Swedish
Hagans, William and Willow Zorn In America: A Swedish Impressionist of the Gilded Age (Swedish American Historical Society, 2009) English

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