"The Flea" (Dressing for Summer)
Signed Zorn and dated 1918. Oil on canvas 122 x 92 cm.
4 000 000 - 6 000 000 SEK
403 226 - 604 839 EUR
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Mrs. R. Levin; acquired by the family of a European collector circa 1950; private collection; Sotheby's, London, "The Scandinavian Sale (Property of a Private Collector)", 28 June 1999, lot 20; J.E. Safra Collection (acquired at the above Sale).
Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, "Anders Zorn. Minnesutställning", 1 March - 6 April 1924, no. 189.
Tor Hedberg, "Anders Zorn. 1894-1920", SAK, 1924, mentioned pp. 144-145 and illustrated p. 140, Bild [Image] 96; Gerda Boëthius, "ZORN. Tecknaren, Målaren, Etsaren, Skulptören", 1949, catalogued under year 1918, p. 555, mentioned p. 513 and illustrated full page, Fig. 309; Gerda Boëthius, "Anders Zorn. An international Swedish artist. His life and work", 1954, illustrated full page, Pl. 343 (under the title "The Flea").
“Dressing for summer” from 1918 is an exquisite interior from Gopsmor in which Zorn devotes himself to an in-depth study of complex lighting problems, in which different sources of light meet amid the dim chiaroscuro lighting typical of old masters. The daylight which dominates the composition enters from the window on the right-hand side, lighting the left side of the model, while the fire in the fireplace illuminates the foreground, reflected in the brick of the walls and the iron of the pot crane. The viewer can almost feel the warm air from the barely visible fire in the fireplace. Zorn also excels as a colourist where, despite his limited palette, he conjures up deep, rich yet delicate tonal painting, partly accentuated by the apron of the Mora folk costume and the hairband.