- Anders Zorn
- In the Artist’s Studio
- signed and dated Zorn / 1916 lower right
- oil on canvas
Peter Zobel (purchased at the above sale; Zobel (1936-2017) was a Danish businessman and landowner, and CEO of Codan, Denmark’s leading insurance company, founded in 1916. In 1996 he acquired Bækkeskov, a seventeenth-century manor house and estate near Præstø in South Zealand.)
It has been claimed that Zorn's female nudes in outdoor settings are his most original contributions to Nordic art history. Of course, the majority of these works would all have been painted in his studio, with the outdoor setting added in. The present work - of a girl destined to be juxtaposed against an idealised rustic setting is here seen within in the undisguised environment of the the artist's studio - is not only unique within the artist's oeuvre but affords the viewer a fascinating glimpse into Zorn's working methods.