The woman in the present painting is wearing the traditional folk dress of the small parish of Mora, in Dalarna Sweden, where Anders Zorn was born and raised. Even today Dalarna is regarded as the most typical and traditional of Swedish landscapes, and the folk dress plays a large part in the area’s culture. Zorn, who achieved fame and fortune abroad during his lifetime, also maintained a home in Mora and contributed greatly to the preservation of the area’s folk customs and dress, as well their local dialect. Upon his death, Zorn was buried at the Mora church, and his home there is now preserved as the Zornmuseet.
We are grateful to Dr. Johan Cederlund of the Zornmuseet for confirming the authenticity of this work.