Anders Leonard Zorn (b.1860-d.1920) was a Swedish painter, sculptor and printmaker in etching, one of the leading European artists in the period around 1900. Zorn is the most well-known Swedish painter.
He studied at Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm from 1875 to 1880. He traveled extensively to London, Paris, Spain, Italy, the Balkans, and the United States, becoming an international success as one of the most acclaimed painters of his time. He earned a world-wide reputation as a portraitist. His models included three different American presidents.
Zorn's interest lay above all in creating realistic likenesses in the French tradition, which he executed with his characteristically rapid technique both in his painting and with an etching needle on copper plates. He is famous for his paintings of the people of Dalarna, the province of Sweden where he was born, and his nudes in the open space.
Some of his most important works can be seen at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Stockholm, Musee d'Orsay in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Zorn Collections located in his birth town Mora, is a museum dedicated to the works of Anders Zorn.