Saturday, January 4, 2014

Anders Zorn

I only became fully aware of Anders Zorn (1860-1920) a few years ago and liked him primarily for his etchings.  He is considered Sweden’s best known painter and his portraits and erotic nudes are certainly memorable, although perhaps a bit commonplace for my taste.  Many of his works are quite accomplished, and some of his etchings are superb.  One in particular “Renan” achieves the status of an undoubted masterpiece.  It is this singular accomplishment – to produce a work far beyond one’s normal capability that so impresses and intrigues me.  “Renan” is both an excellent technical work and a masterful expression of the subject’s character.

Ander's self- portrait, my portrait of him (with "Renan" in the background), and one of his exotic nudes