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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this up! - Highly Recommended
I ordered this book seven months ago and it was well worth the wait. This is a beautifully produced volume. All the ingredients are there - sturdy binding, heavy pages, gorgeous dust jacket and most importantly, the image resolution is perfect. Up until now there has been very little available on this noted Swedish artist. Earlier this year another volume by Oliver...
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment
James Gurney recommended this and, while I respect him for the books he's written, it was as though he hadn't even looked at the same book I purchased. I expected good production from Rizzoli but the printing was consistent with badly printed art books for decades ago when color printing was not as good as it currently is. The printing is not to today's standards. But, I...
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this up! - Highly Recommended, November 3, 2013
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jpcooper "jerry cooper" (margaritaville, calif.) - See all my reviews
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I ordered this book seven months ago and it was well worth the wait. This is a beautifully produced volume. All the ingredients are there - sturdy binding, heavy pages, gorgeous dust jacket and most importantly, the image resolution is perfect. Up until now there has been very little available on this noted Swedish artist. Earlier this year another volume by Oliver Tostmann, "A European Artist Seduces America" was released. This is a worthwhile work as well but not nearly as thorough as Johan Cederlund's new book.

"Sweden's Master Painter" contains a well-rounded and thoughtful selection of Zorn's paintings & etchings, with a heavy emphasis on his portraiture work. The landscapes are amazing and Zorn is particularly adept at capturing the qualities in any given body of water. His portraits will remind one of Sargent's style and his subjects were generally of that same social strata. The text is very informative but, thankfully, does not monopolize the overall content of the book.

This book was designed to accompany an exhibit of Zorn's work at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. By chance, I am fortunate to live within driving distance of this amazing museum. For anyone who hasn't been, this venue is a must see. The permanent collection is quite impressive and coupled with this current exhibit affords a rare opportunity indeed. The museum is located on a promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and the surrounding area and museum grounds are absolutely breathtaking.

This is a must have book for any one who appreciates the fine arts. I wouldn't pass up Tostmann's book either. Both are very reasonably priced and will not disappoint. If budget or space is an issue get this title. Again, it is a much more extensive work and, wisely, hardbound. It should provide years of enjoyable viewing.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zorn's Painting ". . . is so damned good", November 30, 2013
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This catalogue accompanies the exhibition at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco from November 2013 to February 2014 and then at the National Academy Museum in New York from February to May 2014. Although represented in most of our major museums, Zorn has not been particularly well known in this country, even though he was as sought-after and successful here as any of his competitors in the Gilded Age, including John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini. But now, within the space of a year, we have had two major presentations of his work accompanied by two very good catalogues, and we are fortunate that the exhibitions/books complement each other so well. The first, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in early 2013 (see the reviews on this site) focussed on the deep-pocketed patronage of Mrs. Gardner and her extensive social circle, which gave an immediate impetus to Zorn's career from the moment he first set foot on American soil in 1893 and proved invaluable to the advancement of his career for the rest of his life. The relatively narrow concentration of that catalogue allowed it to present a good deal of interesting material of a biographical and social nature, such as contemporary photographs of his models, of other figures involved and of the interiors in which Zorn's paintings were hung and a good (in fact, the first published) selection of Zorn's correspondence with Mrs. Gardner.

There is much less of that in this San Francisco (SF) volume, which, on the other hand, is not circumscribed by its attention to the artist's Boston connections and so is more comprehensive in its reach. It includes, for example, more of the society portraits for which he was so highly sought (and highly compensated) and more of the etchings for which he was less well known but at which he was apparently equally prodigious. These are discussed in a special essay by James A. Ganz, who is Curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in the San Francisco museums, and who recently curated their wonderful "Rembrandt's Century" exhibition and wrote the accompanying catalogue (see the review). Dr. Ganz's essay is the only one in the SF volume which concerns itself much with aesthetic and technical matters. The other three essays are more biographical or broadly comparative: Johan Cederlund, Director of the Zorn Collections in Sweden, who curated the exhibition, writes a general life-and-works introduction; and there is an essay on Zorn in America and one on the artist in his Nordic context, both by prominent Swedish scholars--these are all completely authoritative (and very smoothly translated from the Swedish) but not very searching in their artistic analysis. In that respect, the Gardner volume does a better job: the essays are by and large more analytical, and each catalogue item receives signed work-specific commentary from one of the exhibition's curators.

The SF volume contains more catalogue entries, and it is also larger in size, so that the reproductions--of which there are eighty-five in full color and in full-page or double-page format--are also larger. (The Gardner has more, and possibly more pertinently chosen, supportive illustrations.) As far as clarity and color of the reproductions go, I think it's a toss-up: the SF portraits seem to pick up more highlights and the silky sheen of fabrics, but the color in the Gardner's landscapes and bathing scenes is truer, and the images seem generally a bit sharper. The Gardner has a better selected bibliography; the SF a more detailed chronology. A previous reviewer advised those who can have only one of these catalogues to go for the SF, but for me the Gardner has a slight edge--not by much--and fortunately it's not a contest. Best of all, of course, would be to have both; it's not as if there were already too much about Anders Zorn in English. If there is more to come, it will be a very fortuitous upshot of these two back-to-back exhibitions and catalogues, which have allowed him to (re-)emerge from an undeserved obscurity and to be recognized as the major artist he is, effortlessly the peer of his better known and more acclaimed colleagues. In any case, we should have more Zorn if only because--to repeat the blunt words of one of his fellow pupils at the Stockholm Art Academy--"It is so damned good" (11).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first book at the US Zorn show, December 22, 2013
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Marco M (Boston, MA United States) - See all my reviews
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After having gone to the Zorn show at the Gardner Museum I was disappointed with the book and didn't buy it...this new
Zorn book (not linked to the show) is much better both in quality and the number of plates. Well worth having if you like his work. A number of plates were ones I hadn't seen before. A lot cheaper than going to Sweden to see his paintings!

Mark
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive book, January 17, 2014
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I have not read all the text, but the photographs of the paintings and prints are excellent and inspiring. As an artist, who loves realism that is painterly, I would highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!, January 16, 2014
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Gary (Sacramento, California, United States) - See all my reviews
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My wife is an art educator and she just loves the book. It is compelling, well written, beautifully researched, and the illustrations quality is deluxe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a stunner, April 20, 2014
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watercolours like I haven't seen. an insight into Anders' life. also oil paintings. great subjects, a really good book for your art library
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Distilling The Brilliance Of Zorn, January 21, 2014
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A superb review in English of the Swedish master with new images as well as those already familiar. The UK is way behind in exhibiting the work of this natural virtuoso of brush and colour. Maybe the book will awaken some interest in mounting a future exhibition alongside his contemporaries Sargent and Sorolla?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best gift i ever gave to someone who appreciates art., January 13, 2014
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I got this book for a friend who had taken me to see Anders Zorn's Exhibit about a
month ago at a San Francisco museum. My friend is also an artist who dabbles in
creating pictures capturing water and light together. He was very much taken with
Zorn's approach with the same subject. Since Christmas was coming upon us and
I still had no idea of what to get him, after our museum outing, it become very clear
that the perfect gift for him would be a Anders Zorn Book telling his autobiography
and, also, exhibiting many of his beautiful paintings.
Well, long story short - he was both surprised and overwhelmed by the book. He
loved it! It truly was the perfect gift and I was very lucky to find it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Swedish artist brought in 'out of the cold ', November 30, 2013
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The work has beautiful quality prints, accessible text and a decent flow that allows for a panorama of the biography of the artist, a chronology of his works and even some short view of etchings and sculptures outside the major thrust of his paintings. Given the title, the last is a bit of a surprise, no inkling of those works not requiring paint being unexpected.
The works in the context of contemporary painters and predecessors is a bit limited, but one must not consider this so much as a weakness as so much of an editorial choice as to length and clutter of ideas.
-Very highly recommended.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment, January 15, 2014
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studioprod. "Roberts" (Haverhill, MA United States) - See all my reviews
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James Gurney recommended this and, while I respect him for the books he's written, it was as though he hadn't even looked at the same book I purchased. I expected good production from Rizzoli but the printing was consistent with badly printed art books for decades ago when color printing was not as good as it currently is. The printing is not to today's standards. But, I could put up with that if the illustrations represented the outstanding work of this artist. What the selection is consists of this artist's less-than-sterling works. Aside from the nice cover illustration, the interior art is rather lackluster and dull.

I opened it and had it packed for return within half an hour. Fortunately, it was purchased through Amazon and the return went without a hitch.
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Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter by James A. Ganz (Hardcover - October 29, 2013)
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