FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "Cercles D'eau II"
Medium: Original Etching
Framed size: 18.5" x 16.5"
Image size: 7.5" x 4.5"
Anders Leonard Zorn (18 February 1860 – 22 August 1920) was one of Sweden's foremost artists. He obtained
international success as a painter, sculptor and etcher. Among Zorn's portrait subjects were King Oscar II of
Sweden, and three American Presidents, Grover Cleveland, William H. Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. At the
end of his life, he established the Swedish literary Bellman Prize in 1920.
Zorn was born and raised on his grandparents' farm in Yvraden, a hamlet near the village of Utmeland in the
parish of Mora, Dalarna. He studied until the age of twelve in the school at Mora Strand before progressing in
the autumn of 1872 to a secondary grammar school in Enköping.
From 1875 to 1880 Zorn studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm, where he amazed his
teachers with his talent. Members of Stockholm society approached him with commissions. This was how
Zorn met his wife, Emma Lamm, early in 1881. Her background was different from Zorn's. Coming from a
wealthy Jewish merchant family, she was interested in art and culture. Zorn traveled extensively to
London, Paris, the Balkans, Spain, Italy and the United States, becoming an international success as one of
the most acclaimed painters of his era. It was primarily his skill as a portrait painter that gained Zorn
international acclaim based principally upon his incisive ability to depict the individual character of his
model. His subjects included three American Presidents, one of whom was Grover Cleveland in 1899, as well
as his wife, along with William H. Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. At 29, he was made a Chevalier de la Légion
d'honneur at the Exposition Universelle 1889 Paris World Fair.
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