One of Sweden’s foremost artists Anders Zorn (1860 – 1920) was one of the leading and most celebrated artists during the Belle Epoch. Today, however, his work is widely unknown outside Sweden and is dispersed between collections all over Europe and the U.S. Moreover, Zorn is either seen as a portrait painter in the wake of John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925) or as a painter of idyllic genre scenes.
Curator Oliver Tostmann will investigate Zorn’s role in the movement of modernist art, his international career, and his remarkable artistic talents in light of an upcoming exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston that will bring rarely seen works together and present Zorn as one of the leading artists of his time
About Oliver Tostmann
Oliver Tostmann studied art history and history at the Freie Universität Berlin, Paris Sorbonne, and Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. After completing his Ph.D., he became the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Department of Italian Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Since 2001 he is the Lia and William Poorvu curator of the collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
This lecture has been made possible by a grant from SWEA New Jersey.
Image, above right: Anders Zorn, The Omnibus, 1892, Oil on canvas, 126 x 86 cm, Courtesy of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.