Anders Zorn – Sweden’s Master Painter Book Review

Posted By yonghow on August 20th, 2015

Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book

Anders Leonard Zorn ( 1860 – 1920 ) was one of Sweden’s most prominent artists, with international success as a painter, sculptor and printmaker ( etching ).

Excelling in portraiture paintings, the artist’s subjects including three of American Presidents, Grover Cleveland, William H. Taft and Theodore Roosevelt.

Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book

The first half of the book explores Anders Zorn’s artistic career both in America and Europe, and his associations and engagements with other prominent artists during his time, including the Post-Impressionists. The 2nd half of the book is dedicated purely to beautifully reproduced plates of his paintings, some of which are shown here.

Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book
Anders Zorn - Sweden's Master Painter Art book

I must profess to knowing nothing of the artist’s work ( indeed, he was never covered in any of my art history lessons ) and my exposure was purely by a chance browsing of this book at a store, but I very quickly fell in love with his portraits and style of painting, at times reminding me of Sargent.

This book is a splendid collection of his paintings, wonderfully reproduced on print and comes highly recommended.

“Anders Zorn – Sweden’s Master Painter″ art book details :

– Dimensions – 9.4 x 1.1 x 12.4 inches
– Hard cover, 224 pages
– Full color

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3 Responses to “Anders Zorn – Sweden’s Master Painter Book Review”

martin

lovely

vegastar7

This book was published at the same time as this traveling exhibition of Zorn’s work. I was lucky enough to see it when it was in New York. It amazes me that I’d never heard of this artist before a few years ago…i think it’s because he was working when impressionists and post-impressionists were in vogue, and since his work is more “classical” he gets left out of the basic art history curriculum.
Here’s something that’s not immediately noticeable: a couple of the paintings you have posted are actually watercolors, which blows my mind. Also, the book contains some of his etchings which are likewise amazing.

yonghow

vegestar7 – So envious that you could see the art work in person ! Yes that that you mentioned it I can spot the watercolor pieces which are more detailed and without the telltale daubs that an oil painting has.