Anders Zorn - Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice, 1894

Anders Zorn (Mora, 1860 - 1920, Mora)

Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice, 1894

Oil on canvas, 91 x 66 cm (35 13/16 x 26 in.) canvas


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Painted probably as a gift for Isabella Stewart Gardner at the Palazzo Barbaro, Venice in autumn of 1894.


Signed and dated (lower left): Zorn- / Venezia 1894

Dimension Notes

Frame: 124.46 x 99.06 x 8.89 cm (49 x 39 x 3 1/2 in.)


Art Exhibition: Mrs. John L. Gardner, 152 Beacon St., Boston. Exh. cat. (Boston, 1899), p. 3, no. 10.
Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p. 6.
Philip Hendy. Catalogue of Exhibited Paintings and Drawings (Boston, 1931), p. 423.
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 125.
Morris Carter. "Mrs. Gardner & The Treasures of Fenway Court" in Alfred M. Frankfurter (ed.). The Gardner Collection (New York, 1946), pp. 55-56.
Corinna Lindon Smith. Interesting People. (Norman, Oklahoma, 1962), pp. 156-57.
“Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 6, no. 31 (31 Mar. 1963), p. 2. (excerpting Corinna Lindon Smith, pp. 156-57)
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), p. 297.
Michelle Facos. Swedish Impressionism’s Boston Champion: Anders Zorn and Isabella Stewart Gardner. Exploring Treasures in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum VI. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1993), pp. 27-30.
Alan Chong et al. (eds.) Eye of the Beholder: Masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, (Boston, 2003), pp. 214-15.
Elizabeth Anne McCauley et al. Gondola Days: Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Palazzo Barbaro Circle. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2004), pp. 104-126, fig. 77.
Cynthia Saltzman. Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures (New York: Penguin Books, 2008), p. 55.
Alan Chong. "Isabella Gardner, Bernard Berenson, and Otto Gutekunst" in Jeremy Howard (ed.). Colnaghi: The History (London, 2010), pp. 26-27, fig. 1.
Oliver Tostmann et al. Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2013), pp. 80-82, no. 1a.
Paolo Plebani. "Lotto in Accademia Carrara Not sulla 'fortuna' dell'artista" in Accademia Carrara. Un lotto riscoperto. Exh. cat. (Bergamo: Accademia Carrara, 2016-2017), pp. 57-59, fig. 2.
Per Hedström, ed. John Singer Sargent. Exh. cat. (Stockholm: Nationalmuseum, 2018), pp. 138-139, ill. p. 138.

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Thanks to Isabella Stewart Gardner, the Swedish painter Anders Zorn became the toast of the town when he arrived in Boston in 1894. Her patronage raised his profile among Boston’s elite to the level of other renowned artists, including Monet, Sargent, and Whistler. Zorn painted this portrait of Gardner at the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice, where Gardner often stayed and entertained an international set of cultural celebrities.

In this image, Gardner’s vibrant personality is on full display, as she comes in from a balcony to encourage dinner party guests to join her for the display of fireworks over the Grand Canal. Seeing this painting on display in Gardner’s museum in 1906, Anne O’Hagan Shinn, a suffragette and an early commentator on the collection, described the painting as a “flamelike incarnation of vigor and life—impression helped, doubtless, by the wonderful yellow gown which swathes the strong and supple figure that seems to leap from the canvas.”


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