Submitted for the final round of the Prix de Rome in 1875, the jury rejected it on a trumped-up technicality. The effect was to change the history of painting.
In the early 1880s, several young British artists returned from training Paris, and in 1886 formed a new club as an alternative to the Royal Society.
From 1880, Naturalism showed rural deprivation, but active farmyards with plenty of livestock. Then in the 20th century came the tractor.
Highly original visual stories, of the Soldier of Marathon, Saint Francis of Assisi and the Wolf of Agubbio, plus illustrations for ‘Notre Dame de Paris’.
Zorn’s finest art seen through his paintings of ordinary people, particularly those of his home town Mora in Sweden.
In 1911, he sailed to the US to paint its President, the third he had made a portrait of. But less than ten years later, Zorn was dead.
A portrait of Grover Cleveland, who had until recently President of the USA, an impudent nude, and girls frolicking in the sauna.
Nudes out in fresh air and sunshine, engravings in his distinctive lined style, and some social comment in the 1890s.
He wins himself the admiration of two rich American collectors, while returning to Sweden to paint in the country.
During a visit to St Ives in Cornwall, he starts painting in oils, then moves to Paris where commercial and artistic success await.