Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America

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Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America

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This publication re-evaluates the artistic achievements of the Swedish painter Anders Zorn, (1860-1920), one of the most significant artists of the Belle Époque but one who is still remarkably understudied. Bringing his subjects to life with broad brushstrokes, Zorn experimented with different subjects and styles, painting portraits of high society, self-portraits and fellow artists' in their studios, and genre scenes of modern Parisian and rural Swedish life. Moreover, he was a crucial disseminator of Swedish art, connecting Scandinavia with Western Europe and with the United States. If we follow the breathless media coverage during Zorn's multiple stays in the States, we might well come to the conclusion that he seduced the nation. America was entirely taken by this "Prince of Art", who exhibited widely, showcasing his sweeping portraits of socialites, unashamed nudes and brilliant genre scenes.

Zorn's clients in the United States, especially his friendship with Isabella Gardner, forms a major focus of the book. Gardner was one of his most important patrons and a lifelong friend. It will be shown how mutually beneficial and inspiring this relationship was to both of them. Gardner helped Zorn procure commissions in and outside Boston, and by presenting new archival material, it will become clear just how much Zorn relied on her. The new evidence and interpretations in this book will allow us to reassess Zorn's inspired but often overlooked accomplishments, presenting him instead as an intoxicating artist, someone who is still able to seduce the public.

Paperpack, 200 pages, 280 x 240 mm, 120 color ills.
Paul Holberton Publishing, 2013
Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America
This publication re-evaluates the artistic achievements of the Swedish painter Anders Zorn, (1860-1920), one of the most significant artists of the Belle Époque but one who is still remarkably understudied. Bringing his subjects to life with broad brushstrokes, Zorn experimented with different subjects and styles, painting portraits of high society, self-portraits and fellow artists' in their studios, and genre scenes of modern Parisian and rural Swedish life. Moreover, he was a crucial disseminator of Swedish art, connecting Scandinavia with Western Europe and with the United States. If we follow the breathless media coverage during Zorn's multiple stays in the States, we might well come to the conclusion that he seduced the nation. America was entirely taken by this "Prince of Art", who exhibited widely, showcasing his sweeping portraits of socialites, unashamed nudes and brilliant genre scenes.

Zorn's clients in the United States, especially his friendship with Isabella Gardner, forms a major focus of the book. Gardner was one of his most important patrons and a lifelong friend. It will be shown how mutually beneficial and inspiring this relationship was to both of them. Gardner helped Zorn procure commissions in and outside Boston, and by presenting new archival material, it will become clear just how much Zorn relied on her. The new evidence and interpretations in this book will allow us to reassess Zorn's inspired but often overlooked accomplishments, presenting him instead as an intoxicating artist, someone who is still able to seduce the public.

Paperpack, 200 pages, 280 x 240 mm, 120 color ills.
Paul Holberton Publishing, 2013
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