Modersgladje by Anders Zorn

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Modersgladje by Anders Zorn
The beautiful mother-and-son painting in watercolor is hard to decipher in the light of plotting or the story behind its colors, but it stands out in the affluence it exudes, the happiness vibrating within and the subtlety it puts through by presenting itself in a rather prudent painting medium. Moreover, Andreas Zorn is a specialist in royal paintings, making his talent evident quite easily in this masterpiece.

Painting NameModersgladje
Painter NameAnders Zorn
Completion Date1882
Size123.952 x 165.1 cm (4' .8" x 5' 5")
MaterialGouache on pap
Current LocationPrivate collection

One has to believe that the perfection quotient in this painting is quite high, and the expressions, facial features and photographic posturing of the subjects are some of the most appreciable features in this work. It can often be hard to imagine the way this professional evoked the image of a moment – which has only become easy to find or see after master photographers treaded the earth. It is also astonishing to find painters on Zorn’s caliber when they do their delicate touches – say for example, in the eyes of the baby.

The naughtiness in the baby is not only evident from his expression, but also across the masculine features of a soul that loves a little turbulence around him. Characterization at it’s best!

It is easy to forget these paintings after a while because you may have seen similar frames around your house, in memory or posters flying around on the internet. However, when you see it again, it is like a flash in your memory. If you wanted a mother-son love image apart from your own family frame-ups, you would love having this one in the corner with artistic lighting. Subtlety however, is the key.

This highly valued watercolor masterpiece has a justified price in the market because of detailing and the title – meaning ‘motherhood’. However naked a painter’s feelings usually are, nothing surpasses the pristinely conscious strokes of Zorn in Modersgladje. In popular opinion, the pair in the painting is from a Swedish royal family some time during the late 19th Century.


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