Day 1; A stands for Anders Zorn – a national treasure
“PAINTING IS JUST ANOTHER WAY OF KEEPING A DAIRY”
Anders Leonard Zorn , born 18 February 1860 in Utmelands village in the parish of Mora in Dalarna , died 22 August 1920 in Mora in Dalarna, was a Swedish artist . He is regarded as one of the leading Swedish artists and was also appreciated internationally.
This is particularly true in the U.S., where he was engaged as a portrait painter of presidents, business leaders and people in high society. His surname origin for Germany, his father was from Germany and he met Zorn’s mother in Stockholm, but she original was from county, Dalarna, that will eventually become Zorns too, after been travelling for years.
Zorn’s works include the collections of the National Museum and Waldemarsudde, Stockholm, Gothenburg Art Museum , the Musée d’Orsay , Paris , and in the White House in Washington DC, US
In 1875 Zorn began his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm . Thanks to his father and a small amount of money from his German brewing company in Stockholm.
Zorn first worked in wood .. then he swapped to painting and first in watercolors During an exhibition in 1880 – he taught watercolor painting and there he meet his wife to be, Emma Lund, in 1985. During their honeymoon to Hungary and Turkey fell ill Zorn in typhoid fever , and after three months he was sufficiently recovered to be able to continue the journey.
Before marriage he traveled a lot back and forward to Spain and England. In Madrid 1883 he created his “Kärleksnymf” (Love Nymph) – a painting that put him in among the world’s greatest painters. Although this was Zorn larger mission of including Spanish and Portuguese nobles, which improved his financial position.
After his recovered from his illness – they traveled to Spain, England, North America and Russia.
During a stay in St. Ives in England winter 1887-88 went to Zorn oil painting, with immediate success. One of his earliest oil paintings, “Fishermen in St. Ives”, was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1888 and was bought by the French state
Just Zorn’s etchings contributed greatly to his success. With Rembrandt as a model, he developed a virtuoso etching technique, where he bursts of bar builds up the subject. Total came Zorn to perform 289 different sheets.
The painted portrait of President Grover Cleveland during his visit to North America and he came to paint the later presidents like and William Taft (1911) and he made etching of Theodore Roosevelt (1905) too.
In 1896 moved Zorns home to Sweden and Zorngården in Mora, who had begun to be built. With this came an increased interest in home district, which came to be reflected in Zorn’s painting. They moved a little log cabin that stood on his grandfather’s farm. Over the years the cottage was to be extended, especially since Zorns 1896 settled Mora. Work on the house continued up to 1910. The building’s most spectacular room is the nine-meter-high hall on the second floor.
It was Zorn himself who was responsible for the building design. With great resourcefulness, based both on tradition and the then modern building way, he created a very original home for himself and his wife. The house has a healthy mix of local timber architecture, contemporary notions of Viking dwellings and English residential architecture. Zorngården is a good example of the architectural freedom that characterized the decades around 1900.
“Midsummer Dance” (National Museum), the painting that Zorn himself valued most. His best-known genre paintings also include “Vallkulla”, 1908, “Dans i Gopsmorstugan”, 1913, Julotta, 1908. A few years later he painted his Self-Portrait in Red, 1915.
Anders Zorn died at Mora Hospital, 1920 – he became 60 years old. The cause of death was blood poisoning in the abdomen. His inheritance was estimated at a value of US$6/38.6SEK/£3.38/€4.44 million was sent by his will to the Swedish government to institute a museum. Hans and his wife Emma’s home Zorngården became after Emma Zorn’s death in 1942 a museum and part of the Zorn Collections.
His painting “Sommarnöje” – “Summer Joy” – from 1886 was sold in 2010 in for 26SEK/US$4.10/£2.61/€3.03 million –the highest price ever for a Swedish painting.
Also his nude art has been banned on Facebook????!!!!!! What is that all about??? But they allowed racist groups to rampage.
The cloud hanging over this post is – Wilhelm Peterson-Berger’s No 2 “Sommarsång” – Summer Song – from his 8 piece suite for piano “Frösöblomster I” – composed in 1886. Wilhelm Peterson-Berg was born 1867 in Ullånger, Sweden and died in 1942.
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