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Reconsidering Anders Zorn’s Omnibus Paintings

Emma Jansson, PhD student at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, is published in RIHA Journal.

Omnibus I Omnibus II Anders Zorn 1891 1892
Anders Zorn´s Omnibus I 1891 (©Foto: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum, Stockholm), Omnibus II 1892 (© Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston).

The article reconsiders the relationship between Anders Zorn’s (1860–1920) Omnibus paintings. Two largescale versions exist for the Omnibus motif (Omnibus I and Omnibus II), both of which have historically been viewed as official works that were exhibited by Zorn during the years 1892–1893. Drawing upon recent technical analyses of the artist’s oil paintings, together with relevant archival sources, a discussion is put forward with the aim of reconfiguring the earlier Omnibus I (1891) version as an initial sketch (esquisse) to the later Omnibus II (1892).

Read the article at RIHA Journal's webpage

Emma Jansson.

About Emma Jansson

Emma Jansson is a PhD student of Art History with particular focus on Technical Art History. In her dissertation project she focuses on the technical analysis of paintings by nineteenth-century Swedish artists, in particular Anders Zorn.

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