Anders Zorn Exhibition at the Legion of Honor

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    Anders Zorn self portrait Photo: Patric Evinger

The works of Swedish master painter Anders Zorn (1860-1920) will be exhibited in a one-man show at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

Anders Zorn is one of Sweden’s most accomplished and beloved artists. Born in humble circumstances in the small village of Mora, Dalarna, he quickly rose to become an international portrait painter of the highest order. Notable Europeans and Americans of the day, celebrities, kings and queens as well as U.S. presidents were among his subjects. His enduring popular acclaim, however, is also based on his nude paintings, genre scenes, and pictures of water. Like many of the old masters, Zorn was a versatile artist: a painter in oils and watercolors, he was also an etcher, drawer, sculptor, and designer. Zorn seemed to be capable of everything and no technique was foreign to him. He depicted just what he saw and did so with apparent ease.

Featuring more than 90 rarely seen works drawn from public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States, this major retrospective will be the largest exhibition ever in the U.S. of Sweden’s master painter.

When: November 9, 2013 – February 2, 2014
Where: Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park at 100 34th Avenue (at Clement Street).
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Special Programs

Symposium: Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter

January 25, 2014 at 10:00 am
The Legion of Honor

Moderated by James A. Ganz, Curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, this daylong series of discussions and lectures will bring experts together to talk about the work and life of Anders Zorn. Topics to be explored include Zorn's house and family, his watercolors, how his work relates to John Singer Sargent's, and more.

The afternoon lectures will begin with a choral performance led by Ragnar Bohlin, director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.

Expert speakers include Johan Cederlund (director of the Zornmuseet, Mora, Sweden), Per Hedström (deputy director of collections at the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm), Birgitta Sandström (former director of the Zormuseet), and Pedro Westerdahl (senior specialist of 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculpture, Bukowskis, Stockholm). 

When:  January 25, 2014 at 10 am
Where: Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Tickets: $35 non-members, $10 members. Tickets include same-day admission to Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter.
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This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Zornmuseet in association with the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.