This exhibition has passed
In the summer of 2004, The Nordic Watercolour Museum presents an exhibition of some sixty watercolours by the Swedish artist Anders Zorn. Included are both well known and unfamiliar works, the majority painted during the initial intensive phase of his artistic career. Anders Zorn was famed and internationally successful even during his lifetime. His career and life story are remarkable and many are the tales concerning this illegitimate son born to a girl from the Swedish province of Dalecarlia and a German brewer. His watercolours bring us in close contact with this artist who impressed all with his eagle eye and skilful hand. We can trace his development from the work which made his name, painted while still at the academy, to the glittering light paintings of the close of the 19th century. Until as late as 1887 Anders Zorn worked almost exclusively in watercolour and mastered the technique to perfection.
He established at an early stage the subjects he was to work with throughout his life. The exhibition offers handsome society portraits, depictions of the life of the common people and studies of women in settings of natural scenery. Also here are numerous sea studies, both fleeting impressions and careful observations in which Anders Zorn reveals that he never tired of the meeting of water, sky and light.
The works on show in this exhibition are borrowed from the Zorn collections at Mora, Sweden, from Statens Museum for Kunst at Copenhagen, the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and the Göteborgs konstmuseum.