Lot 5
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Anders Zorn

200,000 - 300,000 GBP
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  • Anders Zorn
  • In the Artist’s Studio
  • signed and dated Zorn / 1916 lower right
  • oil on canvas


Sale: Bukowskis, Stockholm, 26 May 2009, lot 138
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.)


Gerda Boëthius, Anders Zorn. Tecknaren, målaren, etsaren, skulptören, Stockholm, 1949, p. 516, cited; p. 554, listed

Catalogue Note

Barely undressed, and with an elegant bow still in her hair, the artist's model is set to pose for the artist, whose painter’s smock - which he is seen wearing in Self Portrait with Model (fig.1) - frames the left side of the composition. She looks the viewer, in this case the artist himself, almost coyly in the eye. Her sense of anticipation is immediate and palpable. The subject also underscores the incredible breadth of modern society portrayed in Zorn's oeuvre: chameleon-like, he was as comfortable painting the humble model as he was famous artists and even American presidents.

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.