Anders Zorn Sweden

2-18-1860 Mora, SWE – 8-22-1920 Mora, SWE

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Zorn, Anders

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From 1875 to 1880 Anders Zorn studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm, where he amazed his teachers with his talent. 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.

Anders Zorn spent the winter of 1887-88 in St Ives in Cornwall. This was an artistic turning point for Zorn. He began to paint in oils and the second oil painting he made, A Fisherman in St Ives, was a definite success. It was exhibited in the Paris Salon in 1888 and bought by the French state. In the spring of 1888, the Zorns settled in Paris, which became their home for eight years. This period coincided with some of the high points of his artistry. From 1889 to 1894 he produced a number of works which earned him a prominent position in the Parisian art world. This position was confirmed during the Paris World Fair in 1889. The 29-year-old Zorn was awarded the French Legion of Honor and was asked to paint his self portrait for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

At about the same time that Zorn moved to Paris he began working with the motif that he became renowned for, the nude. The movement of water and the reflection of light on its surface had long fascinated him. Now he further complicated the situation by placing a model beside or in the water.

In 1893, Anders Zorn was chosen as the superintendent of the Swedish art exhibition and traveled to the States. This first trip to the United States was also of great importance for his art, he would make a total of six more trips. His subjects included three American Presidents, Grover Cleveland in 1899, as well as his wife, along with William H. Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. One of the benefits of the presidential portraits was the number of commissions that Zorn received afterward in the USA.

In 1896 the Anders Zorn decided to move home to Sweden. The move to Mora from Paris also resulted in a change of motif for Zorn. He did many paintings illustrating Mora and its residents. The oil portrait commissions took a lot of his artistic energy. He was internationally famous as one of the best genre and portrait painters in Europe at the end of the 19th century.

Art Movement: Realism
Traveled: England, france, the Balkans, Spain, Italy, USA

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