Today I received my copy of Zorn in America: A Swedish Impressionist of the Gilded Age by William and Willow Hagans. It seems like a thoroughly researched book, with a wealth of biographical information on the artist, and I look forward to reading it. I cannot at this time comment on the written content of the book. However, I do feel able to report on the images in the Hagans' work on Zorn.
I am first and foremost an artist, so the plates in a book on any painter are what I am often most interested in, and unfortunately, this book is not the best source for pieces by Zorn. Although there are several photographs, etchings, and black and white representations of portraits by Zorn which I had not seen before, the color plates are few, and better represented elsewhere. Of the over 130 images contained within the 390 pages, there
are only 19 color plates spread over 16 pages.
If you are an artist interested in studying more images by Zorn, then I suggest you spend a little more and get the Zorn (Chinese) book I mentioned in an earlier post. However, it is quite possible that Zorn in America will provide a perfect companion book to Zorn (Chinese), offering an English text to the images of the latter book. I'll report back as soon as I get the chance to read what was obviously a major undertaking by the Hagans.