Thursday, July 24, 2014

Anders Zorn

Summertime Fun (Sommarnoje)
watercolor on paper
193.04 x 142.24 cm
location unknown

Sommarnoje is Sweden’s most expensive painting ever sold.

Anders Zorn (1860-1920) was a Swedish painter and printmaker in etching. He dazzled the art world with his bravura paintings, watercolors, and etchings. He became an international success as one of the most acclaimed portrait painters of his era. He painted portraits, scenes depicting rustic life and customs. He is also famous for his nude paintings and vivid depictions of water.

He was born in Mora, Dalarna County and studied at Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden. His early travels took him to Spain and Algeria where the intense color and light inspired the virtuoso watercolorist to perfect his craft. In Paris he emulated the Impressionists as a chronicler of modern life, while in America he rivaled John Singer Sargent as the most sought-after portraitist of glittering high society. Back at home he captured his native folk culture and the serenity of the Nordic landscape. His sitters included three American Presidents, one of whom was Grover Cleveland in 1899.