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Portrait of the Artist

Anders Zorn

Portrait of the Artist, 1885

Ink on Paper

86-D-325

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Thune 

Anders Zorn was a 19th and 20th century Swedish painter, etcher, and sculptor. While his early career was dominated by watercolor portraits and genre scenes, Zorn is best known for his oil paintings after 1887-88. Zorn travelled extensively in Italy, France, Spain, Algeria, the Balkans, Constantinople, and London, exposing him to a wide range of styles and influences. His eclectic style was a mix of Impressionist modernism, formal Salon traditions, and the Old Masters, particularly Titian, Velázquez, and Rembrandt. Zorn’s method was careful and methodical, but his work, reminiscent of Edouard Manet, gave the effect of quick and spontaneous work. His broad, free brushstrokes offered a unique style of portraiture which stood out especially among his nudes. Zorn adapted the Impressionist en plein air method of painting by capturing his nudes using the same technique. His career spans much of the early modern period, making a substantial contribution to 20th century Scandinavian art.

Current Condition of the Artwork:

The painting is in relatively good condition with the exception of the masking tapes adhered to the back perimeter. The tapes are moderately deteriorated and are slighting distorting the paper. 

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Test/remove tape, hinges, and Japanese paper mend.
  • Remove and discard matte.
  • Mend/reinforce.
  • Humidify and flatten.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $1,200.00