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1) Anders Leonard Zorn, born in Mora, Sweden Norway on February 18, 1860 to August 22, 1920 (age 60), was a Swedish painter. He obtained international success as a painter, sculptor, and etcher.
2) Among Zorn's portrait subjects were King Oscar II of Sweden, and three American Presidents, Grover Cleveland, William H. Taft, and Theodore Roosevelt.
3) From 1875 to 1880 Zorn studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm, where he amazed his teachers with his talent. Members of the Stockholm Society approached him with commissions.
4) He traveled extensively to London, Paris, the Balkans, Spain, Italy & the United States. His skill as a portrait painter gave him the incisive anility to depict the individual character of his model.
5) While his early works were often brilliant, luminous watercolors, by 1887 he switched firmly to oils. His fondness of painting full-figured women created terms Zorn kulla or dalkulla, unmarried women.
6) He used a basic color palette consisting of Lead White (Flake White), Yellow Ochre, Vermilion and Ivory Black. At the end of his life, he established the Swedish literary Bellman Prize in 1920.
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