Zorn – Omnibus

Anders Zorn ((1860-1920), Omnibus, etching, 1892, signed in pencil lower right. Reference: Delteil 71, Asplund 72, Hjert/Hjert 183, second state (of 3).  One of only a few impressions of the second state, edition 75. In excellent condition, the full sheet, 10 3/4 x 7 3/4, the sheet 17 1/4 x 12 3/8 inches.

A fine striking impression of this early rare state, before the several lines added to the left of the face of the woman at the upper left.

Zorn’s composition of people on the omnibus is a variation on a theme popularized by many artists, including Mary Cassatt’s color drypoint Interior of a Tramway done a short time earlier (1891); Zorn varies the composition by taking a diagonal stance, and cropping the figure in the foreground; he uses the radical patterning of etching strokes to portray movement and light. He also portrays himself, in the top hat in the upper left.