I recently received what is quickly becoming one of my favorite books. I had looked at it many times, but now that I have it am kicking myself for not just getting it earlier.
Here is a link to the book on Amazon, with good prices on used copies, but the new one isn’t too bad.
Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter
Zorn’s painted with wonderful vitality. His paintings are often bright and airy, or the subject feels like it is about to move and Zorn captured one instant. I was surprised upon studying his work closer in the book to see how some areas that look like one sweep of a brush are actually fussed over with smaller brushes. Somehow he didn’t lose spontaneity.
This is a great book full of large images of his many oil paintings and watercolors as well as etchings, bronzes and even some photography he used.
The book also contains 4 well written essays:
A Swedish Master
Painting in the Gilded Age
Between Tradition and Modernity
Anders Zorn Among the Post-Impressionists
I am often guilty of just looking at the pictures, but take the time to read through the book and gain a closer connection and understanding of the wonderful artist.
Here is a flip through of the book: