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Anders Zorn: Freja  wikidata:Q19961795 
Artist
creator QS:P170,Q206820
Anders Zorn: Freja
Title
Freya
Object type painting
Date 1901
date QS:P571,+1901-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
Medium oil on canvas
medium QS:P186,Q296955;P186,Q4259259,P518,Q861259
Dimensions Height: 61 cm (24 ″); Width: 45.5 cm (17.9 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,61U174728;P2049,45.5U174728
institution QS:P195,Q4976948
Object history Samuel Roosevelt, a gift from the artist (Roosevelt (1863-1920) was a champagne merchant, skilled amateur artist, and cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt) Private collection, Sweden Private collection, Switzerland
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English: Freya, or "Freja" by Anders Zorn is "...an intimate, private depiction of the female form. Painted in 1901, Freya is one of the few works Zorn based on a mythological subject (lot 123). Estimated at £150,000-250,000, it depicts the Norse goddess of love, Freya, in the nude, enthroned in her hall, Sessrúmnir, in Fólkvangr, holding a chalice. A black cat accompanies the goddess, in recognition of the detail outlined in the saga. In Freya, Zorn flagrantly challenges the received traditions of nude painting. Academic painting defused the naked female form by idealising it and situating it in mythology or ancient history. Zorn subverts this convention by portraying a mythical figure as a recognisably real woman, just as Edouard Manet had done in Olympia, in which he re-interpreted Titian's nude Venus of Urbino as a modern day naked courtesan. The cat in the present work is a clear nod to Manet. Dedicated 'To my friend Roosevelt', Freya was painted in the New York City studio of Samuel Roosevelt, cousin of President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt, whose portrait Zorn went on to draw in 1905. Zorn made seven journeys to the United States, where his sitters also included Presidents Cleveland and Taft." from: artdaily.com

English: "Stolen Swedish painting up for auction in London: A painting by Swedish artist Anders Zorn was set to go under the hammer at a London auction until police informed the auction house the work had been stolen. The painting, "Freja", was stolen in a burglary of a family in the Stockholm area in 2004. Six years later it has emerged at an auction organised by Sotheby's in London. But when Swedish police caught wind of the sale, they put a stop to the auction, the Dagens Industri (DI) newspaper reports. "I can confirm that the painting was withdrawn because of ambiguities regarding the ownership," said Matthew Floris, spokesman for Sotheby's, to DI. According to the catalog, the painting was submitted to the auction by a private collector in Switzerland. Swedish police have said they will now question the man about the painting. "In my estimation, one could suspect him of selling stolen goods, but the investigation hasn’t proceeded so far that he is formally a suspect,” said Lars Stervander of the Stockholm county police told the newspaper. The painting technically belongs to the insurance company who paid compensation to the former owner in Sweden. According to DI was the painting was insured for 3 million kronor ($428,000). The Swedish artist Anders Zorn painted the work in 1901 and it depicts the naked goddess of love, Freja." from: thelocal.se

Svenska: "Zorntavla drogs tillbaka: DALARNA - En tavla målad av Anders Zorn vid förra sekelskiftet skulle gå under klubban tidigare i veckan på auktionshuset Sothebys i London. Men tavlan drogs tillbaka när det visade sig att den var stulen vid ett villainbrott i Stockholms-trakten år 2004. Tavlan värderades till 150-250.000 pund alltså uppemot två och en halv till tre miljoner kronor. Enligt katalogen har tavlan lämnats in till försäljning av en privat samlare i Schweiz. Polisen blev misstänksam och tavlan drogs tillbaka från auktionen. Enligt Kenneth Mandergrehn vid Rikskriminalen har tavlan figurerat i olika sammanhang utomlands. "Ofta är det så att när en målning av en känd konstnär stjäls så är tavlan försvunnen några år, hålls gömd innan man försöker sälja den", säger Kenneth Mandergrehn. Anders Zorn målade tavlan "Freja" 1901 och den är intressant menar Birgitta Sandström, som tidigare var chef för Zornsamlingarna i Mora. "Den visar den nakna kärleksgudinnan Freja och är ett av Zorns tidigaste exempel där han målar naket, inomhus och i en konstruerad miljö", säger Birgitta Sandström. "Zorn säljer alltid, men stulen Zorn går inte att sälja han är alldeles för känd som konstnär, det finns alltid någon som känner igen tavlan", säger Birgitta Sandström. "Tavlan drogs tillbaka från autkionen på grund av oklarheter när det gäller ägarfrågan", säger Matthew Floris, presstalesman på Sotheby´s till tidningen Dagens Industri. Formellt tillhör tavlan det försäkringsbolag som betalade ut ersättning efter inbrottet och stölden 2004. från: svt.se
Source/Photographer ZORN, ANDERS: SJÄLVBIOGRAFISKA ANTECKNINGAR Author: Sandström, Birgitta

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