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Anders Zorn. 1860-1920.

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Omnibus. 1892. Etching. Asplund 72.iii; Hjert and Hjert 183.iii. Edition 75 -- rare. 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 (sheet 17 5/8 x 12 1/2). Edition 75. "Extremely rare." Plate destroyed. Exhibited: Peintres-Graveurs Français, 1893. A rich impression printed on Van Gelder Zonen cream laid paper with a partial crown watermark, with wide margins. Signed in pencil. Housed in a stunning 23 3/4 x 19 3/4-inch beaded gold leaf frame. $9,500. (sheet 17 5/8 x 12 1/2). Edition 75.

While at the Chicago World’s Fair, Zorn established lasting relationships with many friends and patrons, including Charles Deering, Mrs. Potter Palmer, and Isabella Stewart Gardner. According to a popular story recounted in Carrell Shaw’s essay in Anders Zorn Rediscovered, Mrs. Gardner, captivated by Zorn’s painting Interior of an Omnibus in Paris, turned to a man nearby and asked if it was for sale or if he knew of the artist. That man was Anders Zorn and Mrs. Gardner replied, “Yourself, indeed! Well, I feel sure we shall soon be enemies . .. or else very, very fast friends. You shall come today for tea.” This chance meeting initiated a long friendship and patron relationship.

The plate was etched in Zorn’s studio at Boulevard Clichy in Paris, spring 1892. The motif is taken from his painting of the same year. The painting was purchased from Zorn by Isabella Stewart Gardner, and is in her museum in Boston.

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