Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1897 and 1898
by Anders Zorn

Anders Zorn (1860-1920) grew up in the rural village of Mora on Lake Siljan in central Sweden. He enrolled at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm in 1875 and soon was recognized for his skillful watercolor portraits and scenes of daily life. He quickly outgrew the traditional atmosphere of the academy and in 1881 moved to London where he remained until 1885. Zorn was introduced to the technique of etching by Axel Herman Haig during his stay in London in the 1880ís. This became a significant part of his oevure. His portraits included Paris friends, such as artist Albert Besnard (1896) and sculptor Auguste Rodin (1906).

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens with his model (Hettie Anderson),
etching, 1897, 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches (23.5 x 15.8 cm.), collection of SGNHS