Anders Zorn (Swedish painter, sculptor and printmaker in etching) 1860 - 1920
På Terrassen, Alger (On the Terrace, Algiers), 1882
watercolour with cover white on paper
48.5 x 34 cm.
This outstanding and hitherto almost unknown watercolors from Algiers should be done in February or March in 1887. Gerda Boëthius provides the following background to Zorn's stay in North Africa this year in ZORN. Signatory - Painter - Etsaren - Sculptor, 1949: "Zorn's old dream to take his wife with the Mediterranean world, and Spain went to completion in the New Year 1887th They traveled over Paris and Marseille directly to Algiers in mid-January and were both thrilled when they finally sat on the train south. [...] New Year's 1887 trip was artistically almost a continuation of the interrupted honeymoon. Zorn had obtained by King Oscar to paint a watercolor for him in Algiers, where he was charming recollections of painterly motifs ".
Watercolour in question was in Algiers port which has come to appear to posterity as one of Zorn's strength tests akvarellist and Boëthius said "excellent show the versatility of his artistry on that stage." In To the eye's delight and the nation gilding - Anders Zorn, 1994 Hans Henrik Brummer writes: "It was natural for Zorn to be in contact with the King of Sweden or buyers in London. Thus became such an important painting watercolor in Algiers port under consideration in this direction, as shown by Emma's comments in one of the letters home to his mother: 'Today Anders stopped his big board. It is delightful and, in my opinion, among the best he's done. He will send it to London. May the proper reach. He demands a fairly high price for it. Will he not think that he was told about the king wants it. From the beginning it has been intended for him. '"
Watercolour was to be sent to King Oscar II which, by hovintendenten John Bottiger, sounded notify Zorn that His Majesty was "particularly pleased with the beautiful artwork" but that nevertheless were some minor conditions to note in the composition. Whether the king gave away the board because it does not fully satisfied him is hard to determine, but watercolor arrived in Prince Eugen possession. Because this is now in Algiers harbor in the collections of Prince Eugene Waldemarsudde in Stockholm, where it is one of the absolute highlights.
Based on, among other things. a Emma Zorn's correspondence can be seen that the stay in Algiers was enjoyable. The views were just as enchanting as exotic and spouses spent time in a cheerful companion. Present were also fellow artist Robert Thegerström, which arrived in Algiers on 4 February and no later met also the famous doctor Axel Munthe.
To the exotic environments and the bright light had a positive impact on Zorn inspiration seen in Emma's letter writing: "Anders paint and paint and are so eager that I do not think we get to travel in a fortnight that I last wrote" it is said in a letter home to the mother Henriette on February 22. Emma continues: "Anders models two young Arab boys hold a dreadful life on the terrace." Boëthius deepens the picture in his book of 1949, "Zorn and Thegerström had in a month hired a Moorish house to the studio. It was impossible to get a model that wanted to be outdoors, but in 'the Moorish house', as they called their place of work, there was a roof terrace, which allowed outdoor painting. [...] Emma Zorn wrote to Mrs. Henrietta Lamb on February 12 that "they are delighted and diligent. Have two models a day and work savage '. The house was completely unfurnished, a mat and two pillows and two Arab jar was full interior. "
It seems that the directory number is performed in the so-called "Moorish house" or more specifically on the famous rooftop. The Zorn Collections, Mora has maintained a healthy outdoor study depicting an Arab boy with red hat sitting curled up on the rooftop bounding walls. The colorist genomic delicate watercolor (45 x 30 cm) is made in the Zorn so typically limited palette with two shades of blue represents sky and sea, and the whitewashed wall is marked by the obemålade utsparade white watercolor paper. The only real color accent is the boy's headdress, which in this composition plays the same role as Moradräktens red hair band would do in a number of the artist's recent oil paintings by folk designs from homeland Dalarna. Watercolors title Said, interposed in pencil in the lower right corner of the artist's own, lets make the certain knowledge that this was the boy's name.
There should be no doubt that Zorn Collection The watercolor is a direct study of the present lot. According Boëthius was Daiduscha, "a kabylkvinna behind which a Negress is" the first watercolor Zorn performing in "The Moorish House": "It was completed on 18 February and he had already put up another, a large interior of the courtyard" . The large interior courtyard mentioned by Boëthius is also busy in the literature under the title Daiduscha (Hans Henrik Brummer, to delight the eye and the nation gilding - Anders Zorn, 1994, reproduced full page color page 103) and is interesting in this connection. The dark-skinned man in a white costume and headdress, looming up in the doorway should in fact be identical to cigarette smoking model in the auction watercolor.
Very little is known about this watercolor. Boëthius list of works leave such little information. On the Boëthius busy watercolor Sadi should be identical to the preliminary study Said the dimensions correspond well to the states included in the Zorn Collections. However, it is difficult to determine whether the same department admitted watercolors Negroes (purchased by Sir Ernest Cassel) or Arab Boys (privately owned) are identical to the catalog number when both data format reproductions are missing in the list. However, indications are that the directory number belongs to the works from the period that were shipped to London to meet the demands of a possessing and quality conscious crowd of art collectors.
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From 1875–1880 Anders Leonard Zorn studied at Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden. He traveled extensively to London, Paris, the Balkans, Spain, Italy and the United States, becoming an international success as one of the most acclaimed painters of his era. While his early works were often brilliant, luminous watercolors, by 1887 he had switched firmly to oils. Zorn painted portraits, scenes depicting rustic life and customs. Zorn is also famous for his nude paintings and realistic depictions of water.It was primarily his skill as a portrait painter that gained Zorn international acclaim based principally upon his incisive ability to depict the individual character of his model. His subjects included three American Presidents, one of whom was Grover Cleveland in 1899. At 29, he was made Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur at the Exposition Universelle 1889 Paris World Fair.