Anders Zorn - Study for Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice, 1894

Anders Zorn (Mora, 1860 - 1920, Mora)

Study for Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice, 1894

Pencil and red chalk on paper, 15 x 15 cm (5 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

P3n10

Provenance

Gift from Anders Zorn to Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1894.

Dimension Notes

Frame: 34 x 20 x 2 cm (13 3/8 x 7 7/8 x 13/16 in.)

Bibliography

Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p. 2. (as "Pastel")
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 37.
Rollin van N. Hadley (ed.). Drawings: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1968), p. 67.
Oliver Tostmann et al. Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2013), pp. 80-83, no. 1b.


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Commentary

This delicate little sketch of Isabella may have been a preparatory drawing for Anders Zorn’s portrait in oil, in the Short Gallery on the second floor. As in the final version, Gardner’s face is portrayed from the right; with her open mouth and curious look, she seems to engage directly with us.

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