Zorn, Anders (1860-1920)

Zorn, Anders (1860-1920)

Anders Zorn is considered to be one of Sweden’s greatest artists and, today, his works are held in many of the world’s leading public collections. He was a precocious talent who impressed from an early age.

He studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Art in Stockholm and was soon commissioned by many of Stockholm’s notable dignitaries. Following this, he travelled extensively and achieved international success - with portraits including three American presidents.

Today he’s represented in the Musée d'Orsay, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

1860

Born in Mora, Sweden to Leonhard Zorn and Grudd Anna Andersdotter. Anders never met his mother and was raised by his grandparents.

1875

Enrolled at the Royal Academy of Arts, Stockholm.

1881

Met his future wife, Emma Lamm. At this point, Zorn’s financial situation wasn’t acceptable for Emma’s family who were considerably more wealthy. So he moved abroad to study and build a career.

Travelled primarily to England and Spain. Spent most summers back in Sweden.

1885

Married Emma Lamm.

1885-1896

Lived abroad - mainly in England and Paris.

1887-1888

Spent the winter in St Ives, Cornwall, UK. This is seen as a turning point as he began to paint in oils rather than watercolours.

1888

Exhibited ‘A Fisherman in St Ives’ at the Paris Salon, which was bought by the State.

1888-1896

Settled in Paris.

Began painting nudes in outdoor settings. A subject he would become recognised for.

1889

Exhibited at the World’s Fair, Paris. Awarded the Légion d'Honneur and produced a self-portrait for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

1893

Exhibited at the Columbian World Fair, Chicago - his first trip to the US. This was an important moment as he returned to the States several times thereafter.

1896

Moved back to Mora, Sweden, and funded a high school for the local community. Both Anders and his wife were proud of their heritage.

1899

Produced a portrait of US President Grover Cleveland and his wife Mrs Frances Cleveland.

1905

Produced an etching of US President Theodore Roosevelt.

1909

Produced a portrait of Queen Sophia.

1911

Produced a portrait of US President William Taft.

1920

Died in Mora, Sweden.

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