Zorn's American Subjects...
1881-1891, 1893, 1894 -1895, 1896-1897, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1903-1904, 1905-1910, 1911-1917
1905 - 1910

President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905, etching, 12.9 x 8.9 cm., A. 189. Theodore Roosevelt (1858- 1919) was the 26th president of the United States. John Hay arranged for Zorn to visit the White House in order for the artist to sketch the president.

Theodore Roosevelt, 1905, pencil on paper, study for the etching, 20.4 x 13.2 cm., Zorn Museum Collection, ZT 1047. There are at least three other sketches of Roosevelt by Zorn, which he made in preparation for the etched portrait, in the Zorn Museum Collection. See Erik Forssman, Tecknaren Anders Zorn (1959), a collection of Zorn drawing from his sketch book. Forssman was a director of the Zorn Museum.

Mr. and Mrs. Atherton Curtis, 1906, etching, 24 x 18.4 cm., A. 203. Atherton Curtis (1863-1944), a patron of several artists, principally American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), left a number of Zorn etchings to the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. He was on the committee for Zorn’s large Durand-Ruel Gallery exhibition held in Paris in 1906. This etching was made at the time. His second wife, Ingeborg, portrayed in the etching, was Danish. Curtis’s fortune stemmed from the patent medicine, “Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup.” He showed little interest in the family business and lived in Europe for most of his life. Curtis died in Paris during World War II. He was a connoisseur of graphic art and wrote at least two books on the subject. At the time of Zorn’s 1906 exhibition at Durand-Ruel, Zorn etched several portraits: art dealer and collector Alfred Beurdeley, A. 209, whose corresponding oil portrait is in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; author Anatole France, A. 204; diplomat D’Estournelles de Constant, A. 205; chemist and politician Mercellin Berthelot A. 206. He also etched a portrait of his friend, sculptor Auguste Rodin, A. 207.

Mrs. Tietgens, 1907, pencil on paper. Zorn made the drawing in Evanston, Illinois. In a letter written by Charles Deering to Mrs. Augusta Saint-Gaudens, February 11, 1908, a year after the death of Mrs. Saint-Gaudens’s husband, he mentioned Paul Tietgens, who like Deering, had purchased Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Diana. See the Papers of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Dartmouth College Library.

Hugo Reisinger, 1907, oil on canvas, 135.6 x 100.3 cm., accession no. 1957.4.3, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. The portrait is on extended loan to the Birmingham Museum of Art. Hugo Reisinger (1856-1914) was a German-born businessman and art collector who owned a successful importing business. He had a comprehensive collection of American contemporary art and French Impressionists. Harvard’s Busch-Reisinger Museum was named for Adolphus Busch and Hugo Reisinger. This portrait was painted in Stockholm, Sweden.

Miss Emily Grigsby, 1907, oil on canvas, 68 x 55 cm., private collection. The painting is signed “Zorn 1907.” Zorn may have painted two pictures of Miss Grigsby, in 1904 and 1907. The 1907 painting depicts Miss Grigsby partially nude in her bed. Emily Grigsby (d. 1964) was the mistress of Charles Tyson Yerkes (1837-1905), a businessman so infamous for nefarious dealings that he served as the model for the main characters in Theodore Dreiser’s novels The Financier and The Titan. Through Yerkes’s largess, Miss Grigsby owned several Zorn paintings that Yerkes had purchased at the Chicago World’s Fair. They were sold at auction in New York City in the first decade of the 20th century.

Ambassador David Jayne Hill, 1910, oil on canvas, 123 x 90 cm., private collection. The painting was in the Corcoran Museum of Art collection until it was sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, May 3, 1979. The portrait was painted in Stockholm. David Jayne Hill (1850-1932) was U.S. ambassador to Germany at the time the portrait was painted.

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