Anders Zorn – Sweden’s Master Painter at the Legion of Honor – San Francisco

Anders Zorn – Sweden’s Master Painter at the Legion of Honor – San FranciscoAnders Zorn – Sweden’s Master Painter at the Legion of Honor – San Francisco

November 9, 2013 through February 2, 2014

– Acclaimed for his accomplished painting and printmaking techniques, “Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter,” brings together one hundred of the artist’s oil paintings, watercolors, etchings and sculptures including rare loans from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, the Zornmuseet, Mora, the National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston plus many other public and private collections. Despite being among the world’s most famous living artists at the turn of the twentieth century and a hugely successful portrait painter in this country who depicted captains of industry, members of high society and three U.S. Presidents, this is only the second major American retrospective in the last century examining Zorn and promises to be a revelation for those yet to discover one of Sweden’s most accomplished and beloved artists.

During the 1880s and 1890s Zorn lived in London and Paris, where he became acquainted with key figures of the Belle Époque, including James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, and Auguste Rodin as well as many of the French Impressionists. Ambitious and entrepreneurial, he used his connections to gain commissions and befriend prominent collectors such as Isabella Stewart Gardner, who became his patron and whom he painted in, “Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice,” (1894), which appears in this exhibition.

Although he traveled throughout the U.S. and captured many of the most significant figures of the Gilded Age, including the industrialist Andrew Carnegie and President William Taft, in a portrait that still hangs in the White House today, Zorn remained closely tied to his native Sweden throughout his career.

In 1896 he moved back to his hometown of Mora, where he painted scenes of the Swedish countryside and subjects that celebrate folk culture of which many examples appear in the exhibit including, “Midsummer Dance,” (1897) considered one of Sweden’s national treasures. Ultimately the exhibition reintroduces to American audiences an important artist who is less well known in this country than he once was and provides a comprehensive view of a singularly vibrant artistic career.

"Midsummer Dance" (1897) - Zorn

“Midsummer Dance” (1897) – Zorn

"Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice" (1894) - Zorn

“Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice” (1894) – Zorn

Official Exhibition Site

 

CALIFORNIA PALACE OF THE LEGION OF HONOR

100 34TH AVENUE

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  94121

(415) 750-3600

 

Anders Zorn – Sweden’s Master Painter

 

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