Anders Zorn, Caique Oarsman (detail), 1886. Watercolor, 35.5 x 50.5cm. Zornmuseet, Mora. Photo by Lars Berglund

Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter

One of the most famous living artists at the turn of the 20th century, Anders Zorn (1860 – 1920) dazzled the art world with his bravura paintings, watercolors, and etchings. His early travels took him to Spain and Algeria where the intense color and light inspired the virtuoso watercolorist to perfect his craft. In Paris he emulated the Impressionists as a chronicler of modern life, while in America he rivaled John Singer Sargent as the most sought-after portraitist of glittering high society. Back at home Zorn captured his native folk culture and the serenity of the Nordic landscape.

Featuring 100 rarely seen works drawn from public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States, this major retrospective promises to be a revelation for those yet to discover the vibrant artistic personality of Sweden’s master painter.



This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Zornmuseet in association with the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Honorary Patron: Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden. President’s Circle: The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and The Bernard Osher Foundation. Benefactor’s Circle: The Diana Nelson and John Atwater Family Foundation and Greta R. Pofcher. Patron’s Circle: Kristi and Art Haigh. Additional support provided by The American-Scandinavian Foundation and Peggy and Dick Mitchell. The symposium is made possible in part by support from the Consulate General of Sweden - San Francisco.

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