In 1897 this rich railroad guy challenged Zorn to paint a better portrait of his sister-in-law than John Singer Sargent had done. Virginia really wasn’t much of a looker if you ask me, but they didn’t have cameras in those days so I guess they had to do stuff like that. People liked Zorn’s painting (left) because it was more intimate, they said. Why he would put a dog in the painting is beyond me. Whatever.
I like Zorn’s nudes better. It’s fun to look at humans without their fur. This one is called, ‘Badande Kullor I Baston’, which means, Women In The Sauna. Swedes spend most of their time inside saunas because it gets cold here.
The painting below is called, ‘Baking The Bread’. They don’t do much of that anymore. Now they just go to the ICA store which is much easier. I think there was a kat that used to sleep in that basket under the table, but he must have gone outside when this was being painted.
This last painting is called, ‘Dandelions’. They still have bazillions of those here. I guess the Swedes like them, but they drive my servants crazy. They spend most of the summer out in the yard digging them up. Willie made a salad out of them once. His daughter in-law ate some and threw up, so he doesn’t do that anymore.
You can see more of Zorn’s paintings at: http://www.anderszorn.org