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This claim seems more likely when he demonstrates how, to orientate visitors unfamiliar with Sargent, the exhibition opens with the pairing of Anders Zorn's 1909 portrait of Gustav V and Sargent's portrait of Lord Ribblesdale of seven years before.
In American terms, Fischl's mastery of painting is comparable to John Singer Sargent's, quite as Sargent himself was part of a larger European drift favoring painterly virtuosity: Ignacio Zuloaga in Spain, Anders Zorn in Sweden, Giovanni Boldini in Italy--all major painters, though all distant from the Cezanne-anchored trajectory of modernism.
Larsson has been transformed into how he might look as if painted by old Swedish master Anders Zorn, who died aged 60 in 1920.
He lavishes time on artists who intrigue him (such as the little-known Swedish realist Anders Zorn) and utterly ignores art that bores him (such as the wall art of Roman Pompeii, which he writes off as "dull and commonplace").
Ranging from the late 19th century to the present day and featuring artists from Anders Zorn to Hilma af Klint, this survey examines how the Nordic landscape and the region's unique identity--has influenced artistic style.
Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America, through May 13, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Mass.
Today's typical "Swedishness" can be said to have been born in Anders Zorn's studio in Sweden's Dalecarlia region in the nineteenth century.
In 1907, Gardner acquired Gentile Bellini's The Seated Scribe with the help of society portraitist Anders Zorn, causing Berenson to seethe with envy.
Moreover, renewed interest in Sargent grows as he's seen more and more as part of a community of international society painters whose reputations, once buried, have been rising - the Italian Giovanni Boldini, for one, as well as others like the Swede Anders Zorn and the Spaniard Joaquin Sorolla, both of whom, like Sargent, got commissions from American presidents.
This impression is underlined by the little-known treasures to be found in the following room, which displays a remarkable series of watercolours of marine subjects executed around 1890 by the Swedish artist, Anders Zorn (1860-1920).