|Zorn’s self-portrait appears on the cover of the brochure for a |
memorial exhibition that traveled the United States in 1925.
“Special Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Water Colors by Anders Zorn.”
Grand Central Art Galleries. Carnegie Institute,
Museum of Art records, 1883-1962, bulk 1885-1940, Series 3:
Exhibitions, Box 204, Folder 23: Zorn, Anders L., 1924-1925,
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
|Mary Hardin by Anders Zorn, date unknown 1977.134.2 |
Etching Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Laura Dreyfus
Barney and Natalie Clifford Barney in memory of their mother,
Alice Pike Barney
Zorn was a master etcher whose ability to depict light
and shadow with a few strokes was widely admired.
How did a person of humble origins establish such easy rapport with U.S. high society? Zorn attributed the values instilled in him by his peasant grandparents as a key to his success in developing deep, lasting friendships in the United States. In his memoirs, Zorn wrote:
|Frances Folsom Cleveland by Anders Zorn, 1899 Oil |
on canvas National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian
Institution; gift of Frances Payne S/NPG.77.124
First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland’s portrait toured
alongside her husband's as part of the memorial
exhibition organized in the U. S. after Zorn's death.
Although Zorn’s commissions ultimately made him wealthy, he stayed true to his roots, returning every summer to Mora and its surroundings to paint. While he is best known in the U.S. as a portrait painter, he is perhaps better known in Sweden for his depictions of rural folklife. With his earnings, he invested extensively in the community in and around Mora and the preservation of its traditional architecture, music, textiles, wood carving, and other folk arts. Likely inspired by Gardner’s plans to turn her home, Fenway Court, into a museum, Zorn and his wife Emma ensured that their home and studio would eventually be converted into a museum complex.
i “The Art of Anders Zorn,” New York Times, August 29, 1920.
ii “Zorn–A Swedish Superstar,” Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, accessed May 20, 2020, https://www.nationalmuseum.se/en/utst%C3%A4llningar/kommande-utst%C3%A4llningar/zorn.
iii “Mr. Zorn’s Exhibition.” The Art Amateur: A Monthly Journal Devoted to Art in the Household (December 1893): 3.
v Cited after the English translation in William Hagans and Willow Hagens, Zorn in America: A Swedish Impressionist of the Gilded Age (Chicago: Swedish-American Historical Society in cooperation with the American Swedish Institute, 2009), 6.
vi Ibid, 138. vii S. J. Ackerman, “The First Celebrity First Lady: Frances Cleveland,” Washington Post, July 3, 2013, accessed June 1, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/the-first-celebrity-first-lady-frances-cleveland/2014/06/27/a4a9bdf4-dd4b-11e3-bda1-9b46b2066796_story.html.