Cat Nap 2.38 x 3.71 inch Intaglio Etching with Watercolor (Artist’s Proof)
Cat Nap is available in my Etsy Shop. I went to San Francisco to see the Anders Zorn exhibit at the Legion of Honor Museum on Tuesday. It was mind-bogglingly exquisite. He is one of my favorite artists, ever. My head is humming with inspiration harvested while standing amidst the crowd, in front of his etchings, drawings, watercolors and oils. Next to a Sargent show I saw a number of years ago, the Zorn exhibit was the best exhibit I’ve ever seen. It was amazing. I’ll write more about it soon, but I’m still trying to catch the butterflies in my brain, so I can articulate a sensible reaction, beyond all the superlatives and gushing.
In the meantime, I’ve pulled all my Zorn references out – books on his etchings and paintings – and I’m pouring through them with renewed attention for scale, brushwork and composition. I’ve also pulled a pile of my unfinished drypoints and etchings, and I’m scribbling ideas for new ones, rocket-fuel charged with inspiration. It’s the only thing I can think about this week… I probably glow in the dark from all the neural firing. 🙂
If you enjoy painting and printmaking in the traditional, representational style, and you’re close to San Franscisco, go see this show.
The zinc plate etched with acid
The first Artist’s Proof from the plate
Anders Zorn (cropped from “Zorn and his Wife” – 12 x 9 intaglio etching self portrait – done in 1890 when he was 30) You can see the entire image here.
Art comes into being as a result of man’s visual confrontation with the world, a response to the physical, formal aspects of a subject, analyzed and translated into a creation. Anders Zorn’s creations in painting and etching document the impressions of a world traveler via his visual confrontations with many cultures. “An artist who was past master in finding the essential in everything, who in an almost supernatural way, could conjure up on canvas an object so rich in life sap, so full blooded, that reality seemed tame beside it, was Anders Leonard Zorn.”
~Pamela C. Tippman, quoting Emil Hannover, Carl Lauren & Jens Thiis, from Scandinavian Art (1922)