Anders Zorn: The magic of three

Now, finally has the elevator arrived, the stairs was about to become a personal inferno

Self portrait with model

The elevator shall always arrive to the determined and the ones focussed on destiny must prepare for the fire of every step. And Anders Zorn magically made it with three. The only three colors of his famous Zorn palette, Yellow ochre, Cadmium red, and Ivory black which produced a wide array of colors was enough to say 'I love you' on the canvas; not literally of course but his passion made him the favorite son of his country Sweden.


Born on 18th February 1860 Sweden, Zorn was one of the most accomplished and greatest artists of his era along with artists such as John Singer Sargent. He was a painter, sculptor and etcher and among his portrait subjects are three American Presidents, Glover Cleveland, William H Taft, and Theodore Roosevelt and also King Oscar of Sweden.


Glover Cleveland (L) & William H Taft (R):


He studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm where he impressed everyone with his skills. He was approached with commissions and it was then that he met his wife Emma Lamm of Jewish descent who was interested in art and culture. A lesson for lovers, You never know at which step you might meet your beloved, so you keep climbing.


Emma Zorn, reading, 1887

Zorn was first interested in sculpting then later turned to water colors. His luscious green painting 'The thorn Bush' and the Sweden's priciest painting 'Summer vacation' are absolute wonders to the eyes.



He was already a famous water colorist and turning to oil paintings further strengthened his reputation as a painter. At 29 he was awarded Chevalier de la legion d'honneur at the Paris world fair. These are some of his oil paintings.



The nudes that he painted have a depth of understanding of values, color contrasts and cool and warm tones. His painting of the wet skin, his brush strokes on the water and his perception on rustic life are well balanced in his compositions.



In his painting 'Our daily bread' the expression of joy is shown through tranquility as a woman is seen sitting comfortably on the grass after a days hard labor in the placid cool dusk as if waiting for a metaphorical dawn any moment. In his painting 'Midsummer dance' a vibrant energy of laughter and music is seen in the air as the people dance away the browns and greys of despair. All done in three colors.


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