Anders Zorn (1860-1920) Sweden

Anders Zorn was a Swedish artist. He was born in Mora in 1860. At the turn of the century, Zorn was one of the most highly acclaimed living artists worldwide. He spent many years living abroad, including in the US. His artistic talent was evident at an early age and he was enrolled at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm at the age of 15. Initially he intended to become a sculptor, but he soon discovered watercolors, which became his primary medium for the rest of his life.

In the 1880s Zorn became deeply admired for his portraits during his long stays abroad, especially in Spain, England and France. Zorn also lived in the US for a period where he experienced unfathomable success as bankers, industrial magnates and politicians eagerly paid high sums to have him paint their portraits. His patrons even included presidents, among them Grover Cleveland and William Howard Taft, whose portraits are on display at the White House. Yet a third president, Theodore Roosevelt, was portrayed by Zorn in an etching.