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we never thought our beloved city of boston, our home, would experience such tragedy…it is with heavy hearts and swollen eyes that we continue to grieve for those who lost their lives and for those still fighting for their lives…it is with grateful hearts and still swollen eyes that we¬†embrace and give thanks to our unsung heros…for every act of unspeakable violence thrust upon them, they responded with an even stronger and more remarkable act of courage…a yin and yang of the human spirit if you will, one giving rise to the other…out of darkness, we see light once again…a light that shines brighter and stronger than ever before…

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“Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America” is a remarkable trio of firsts. It is the first historic exhibition to be shown in the new Renzo Piano designed wing (The Hostetter Gallery) of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, it is the first show organized and realized by Oliver Tostmann, the museum’s new curator, and it is the first time in 25 years that an international loan exhibition of Zorn’s work is on display in the States.

“Too young to be an Impressionist, too old to be a Modernist,” declares Tostmann, this intimate collection highlights Zorn’s influential place in the history of modern art. Bold brushstrokes, along with a masterful understanding of light, bring his subjects to life in a way that feels uniquely timeless and far from the academic portraits of the time. Take for example his painting of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Adorned in a luminous white dress with arms widespread, her youthful zest for life pops off the canvas, as if she is saying, I love life, I love art, I love beauty!

Showing now through May 13, 2013 ~ for more information, click here

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Self-Portrait, 1889, Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi, Soprintendenza Speciale Per Il Polo Museale Fiorentino

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Portrait of Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice, 1894, Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

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Omnibus (study) – oil sketch, 1892, Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), Zorn Museum, Mora, Photo: Lars Bergland

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The Omnibus, second version, 1892, Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

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In Wikstr√∂m’s Studio, 1889, Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), Zorn Museum, Mora, Photo: Patric Evinger

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Opal, 1891, Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts

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