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

Anders Zorn

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

Dimension Notes

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

Provenance

Gift from Anders Zorn to Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1894.

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 Gardner may have been a preparatory drawing for Zorn’s portrait in oil. 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.

Source: Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America, special exhibition on view in the Museum's Hostetter Gallery, February 28 – May, 2013.