Anders Zorn - Augustus Saint-Gaudens I, 1897

Anders Zorn (Mora, 1860 - 1920, Mora)

Augustus Saint-Gaudens I, 1897

Etching, 19.9 x 13.8 cm (7 13/16 x 5 7/16 in.) sheet

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Object details

Accession number

4.3.o.170

State

II/II

Provenance

Gift from Anders Zorn to Isabella Stewart Gardner around 1897.

Marks

Signed on plate (lower left): Zorn
Inscribed in pencil (lower margin): A bad Portrait of St. Gaudens to Mrs. Gardner. Zorn"

Dimension Notes

Frame: 32.7 x 40.4 cm (12 7/8 x 15 7/8 in.)

Bibliography

Sven Lidbeck, Anders Zorn Etchings: Catalogue Raisonné (Helsinki, 2007), p. 150, ZG113.
Oliver Tostmann et al. Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2013), p. 136, fig. 79.


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Commentary

Painter and printmaker Anders Zorn and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens met at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893 and became fast friends and colleagues. They shared similar ebullient lifestyles and patrons including Isabella Stewart Gardner. Zorn frequently visited Saint-Gaudens’s studios in both New York and Paris, and in this etching, he captured his friend at rest in his artist’s smock. Apparently unsatisfied with his rendering, Zorn inscribed the print with “a bad portrait of St. Gaudens to Mrs. Gardner” when he gave it to her in 1897.

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