Anders Zorn (1860 - 1920)
Anders Zorn was born in Mora, Sweden, and pursued his art studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. Until 1887, Zorn worked exclusively with watercolors, and began to gain recognition for his masterful and sensitive paintings. Demand for his portraits increased, but in order to improve his fortunes, Zorn left Sweden for four years and traveled to England and Spain, where his international reputation as a portraitist brought him greater artistic success and financial security.
He married in 1885, and for the next twelve years lived first in London and then in Paris. Zorn began painting in oils during this period, and received even greater acclaim for his mastery of this medium. During this period, Zorn began to produce etchings based upon his study of Rembrandt's work; he ultimately produced nearly three hundred etchings, which are highly prized for their masterful use of light and shadow. In 1889, Zorn was awarded the Legion of Honor during the Paris World Exhibition of 1889. Anders and Emma Zorn returned to Mora in 1896. Much of his work subsequent to their homecoming features the land and people of his surroundings. His health began to fail and he died in 1920.
Etching, 1900. Third state of four (Delteil 150 / Asplund 151 / Zorn Gallery 151). A rich, warm impression of a beautiful image in fine condition. Framed in 2013 using archival materials.
Etching on cream laid paper, 1907. Signed lower right corner. A fine, warm impression. Zorn Gallery 214
Etching, 1905 on Van Gelder; fourth of four states (Hjert 128, Asplund 190, Zorn Gallery 190). Image size 6-7/8" x 9-3/4"; sheet size 11¼" x 15". Signed and dated in the plate and signed in pencil by Zorn in the lower margin. A rich, nuanced impression in marvelous overall condition. Betty Nansen (1873 - 1943) was a celebrated Danish actress and director; one of Copenhagen's principal theaters bears her name. Matted and framed using archival quality materials.
Etching on cream laid paper, 1913; edition not stated. Image size 8½” x 7”; sheet size 12” x 9-3/4”. Second state of 2. A finely nuanced impression signed by Zorn in pencil in the lower margin. Asplund 254; Hjert/Hjert 160 / Zorn Gallery 254.
En Dalkarl (Lavards Anders)
Eetching, 1919; edition of 50. Image size 4-3/8" x 6-1/8"; sheet size 12" x 15-7/8". Signed in pencil by Zorn in the lower margin. A beautifully inked impression with all detail. Fine, with small adhesive remnants along the upper edge of the sheet. Asplund 283; Hjert 168; Zorn Gallery 283.
The Three Graces
Etching on cream laid paper, 1910; edition of 50, second state. Image size 4-5/8” x 6-3/16”; sheet size 8-1/8” x 12-7/8”. Signed in pencil by the artist beneath the lower right-hand corner of the image. At viewing distance, a nearly photographic effect is created by Zorn’s spare and suggestive linework. Fine overall condition, with adhesive remnants from prior mountings at the perimeter of the sheet and a soft handling crease to the left of the image.