Anders Zorn pursued light as the guiding principle of his art. Whether it was oil paint, watercolor, or etching, the expression of light on the human form and his beloved homeland of Sweden was the foundation of his work, and drove him with an intensity visible in the detail (above) from his self-portrait.
|Zorn and his Wife, Anders Zorn|
|The Toast (detail), Anders Zorn|
Judging by the expression on his face, the huge glass he's holding was probably full when he started his speech. Fortunately for us though, he rambled on long enough for Zorn to capture this incredible portrait. Okay, maybe it was from a photo but I can almost smell the cigar smoke and booze. The way Zorn establishes planes and form with his line is masterful, the eyes being studies in the perfection of the art.
|The Toast, Anders Zorn|
|Une Premiere (detail), Anders Zorn|
|Une Premiere, Anders Zorn|
|Au Piano, Anders Zorn|
|Mona, Anders Zorn|
|Sappho, Anders Zorn|
|Vicke, Anders Zorn|
|The Waltz, Anders Zorn|