• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 380

    Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920)

    On the beach

    Estimate

    Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920)
    On the beach
    signed and dated 'Zorn/1910' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    21½ x 29 in. (54.5 x 74 cm.)


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    On the Beach illustrates beautifully why Anders Zorn became one of the most highly revered painters of the Nineteenth Century in Sweden and why he is still held in very high regard. The 'Swedish Impressionist' manipulated paint onto canvas 'en plein air', with quick brushstrokes capturing the moment as he saw it with his own eyes. His impressionist style had earned him a place among the royalty in Sweden and he enjoyed an illustrious life, painting the European aristocracy in particular. Although his portraits are exceptional works that boldly combine the grandeur of court portraiture with the informal impressionist technique, it is his nudes outdoor for which he is best known. The present work shows the artist skill with his use of rapid brushstrokes and subtle use of colour. Zorn often painted in the countryside and it was there that he could engage most with his surroundings and his models as he combined so effortlessly the time-honoured subject of the nude model with the essence of Swedish culture.

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    Provenance

    Fritzes Kungliga hovbokhandel, Stockholm.
    Kommendörkapten Sten Dehlgren.
    Chefredaktör Dehlgren.
    Ivar Kreuger.
    His sale, Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm, 1932, lot 13.
    Anonymous sale; Bukowskis, Stockholm, 1934, lot 66.
    Tandläkare Henrik Karlström, Jönköping.
    Mrs. Hervor Kumlin.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 24 March 1988, lot 269, where acquired by the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the following provenance for this lot:
    Fritzes Kungliga hovbokhandel, Stockholm.
    Kommendörkapten Sten Dehlgren.
    Chefredaktör Dehlgren.
    Ivar Kreuger.
    His sale, Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm, 1932, lot 13.
    Anonymous sale; Bukowskis, Stockholm, 1934, lot 66.
    Tandläkare Henrik Karlström, Jönköping.
    Mrs. Hervor Kumlin.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 24 March 1988, lot 269, where acquired by the present owner.


    Literature

    Gerda Boethius, Zorn, Människan och Konstnären, Stockholm, 1959, pp. 139 - 141, pl. 356. (illustrated)