Anders Zorn (1860-1920)
Zorn was no artistic innovator in the manner of the profoundly intense Norwegian painter Munch, he was an artist with visible leanings towards Impressionism who was active in the period leading up to Modernism and whose swiftly executed and psychologically perceptive etched portraits still hold an appeal for viewers today.
As far as our own city is concerned, it ought not to be forgotten that Hamburg's Commeter gallery mounted a comprehensive exhibition of 163 etchings by Zorn
as earlyas April 1911, more than half of which were sold on the evening
of the opening. Particular highlights among the pieces selected for
this exhibition in the Hall of Master Drawings are the Portrait of
the artist with his wife (1890), that of the French poet Paul Verlain
(1895) and the extremely freely worked likeness of the dancer Rosita
Mauri (1889). There is a close link between Zorn's etching of the
opera singer and art collector Jean Baptiste Faure (1891) and the
Hamburg Kunsthalle, as a portrait of Faure in one of his stage roles
which was painted by Édouard Manet also belongs to our collection,
and it is to be assumed that Alfred Lichtwark viewed this etching
in the context of Manet's masterpiece.
Hamburger Kunsthalle Glockengießerwall 20095 Hamburg
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