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 Anders Leonard Zorn

Anders Leonard Zorn

Anders Leonard Zorn was born in Sweden in 1860. Though his parents never married, he was allowed to take his father’s name. Raised by his grandparents, Zorn spent his childhood in Yvraden and attended Mora Strand and a grammar school in Enkoping.

From a very early age, Anders Zorn showed great potential as an artist. He desired to become a famous sculptor and spent many hours carving pieces of wood into realistic objects. His love of sculpting and obvious talent transferred well into the realm of painting. From 1875 to 1880, Zorn studied this art medium at the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden.

Initially, Zorn enjoyed painting watercolors. His 1880 watercolor, In Mourning, drew attention for its detail and realistic portrayal of a grieving woman.

Knowing that he wanted to marry, Zorn set off at an early age to make a substantial living as an artist. Fortunately, his talent made him quite successful all over Europe. He had a unique knack for painting portraits. Anders Zorn believed that a portrait should be painted with background detail appropriate to the subject’s own life setting. He became well known for his true representation of both culture and character when painting a portrait. Zorn’s portraits contained a variety of subjects from the esteemed political and royal figures of his day to typical rustic images. In England, Zorn was especially known for his nude paintings.

By 1885, Zorn had made his fortune and was able to marry his wife Emma. They spent the first eleven years of their marriage traveling abroad, but always returned to Sweden for the summer. Emma was instrumental in Zorn’s career. She willingly took on the role of critical analyst. It was during these years that Zorn mastered the complicated task of painting realistic water scenes, which is a feat he is still praised for today.

Zorn switched from painting watercolors to painting oils in 1887. The second oil painting he completed, A Fisherman in St Ives, was a quick success.

By this point in his life, Zorn had mastered three incredible talents. First, he was making money painting realistic and lively portraits. Second, he could paint light reflecting off water – a rare technique at the time. Third, the paintings he created during his summers in Sweden proved he could manipulate light and create both shadows and sunbeams. To combine all three, Zorn painted many subjects in and around water.

Being recognized as a great artist allowed Zorn the opportunity to travel to the United States in 1893. He served as superintendent of the Swedish art exhibition at the Columbian World Fair held in Chicago. Throughout the rest of his life he traveled back to the United States for work and pleasure. His talent for painting portraits had reached America and he was in constant demand. Two Presidents sat for Anders Zorn; Grover Cleveland and William Taft.

Zorn also enjoyed etching. He even illustrated an etching of Theodore Roosevelt. It was an art form that Zorn began practicing in the early 1880’s and continued to use as he created masterpieces throughout his life. In all, he completed 289 etchings, most of which were portraits.

In 1896, Anders and Emma moved back to Sweden for good. A cottage from his grandfather’s farm was relocated and the Zorn’s spent several years remodeling and expanding it. The pair quickly immersed and invested themselves in the community. They started reading programs, a library, and a children’s home, in addition to opening a local school.

Zorn’s passion was to discover a way to preserve Swedish folk music. His work sparked a renaissance of folk music in Sweden and kept it alive. Even today, the most prestigious award for a folk musician is the Zorn award.

Zorn continued to paint until his health began deteriorating. In 1920, Anders Leonard Zorn passed away. A diverse group of people attended his funeral as a true testament to a life of dedication and talent; from the Swedish royal family to colorful characters from all walks of life and from many places.

The Zorn cottage in Sweden still stands today. Part of it is devoted to a museum. It is preserved not only as a historical testament to the era in which Zorn lived, but in memory of a giving, adventurous man who shared his talents with the world.

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Anders Leonard Zorn

 Anders Leonard Zorn

Anders Leonard Zorn

Anders Leonard Zorn (1860 – 1920) was one of Sweden’s best portrait painters. Although skilled as a sculptor and printmaker, Anders achieved his fame with the use of oils and watercolors depicting rustic life, nudes, and an assortment of portraits. His skill with portraits lies with his ability to depict the individual character of the person.

Lighting and the treatment of water were particularly extraordinary in his works. Anders believed that a portrait should be painted in an environment that was natural for the model.

Our collection of Anders Zorn patterns contains many of his most recognized works including Margit, Midsummer Dance, Our Daily Bread, A Fisherman in St. Ives, and Night Effect. There are also several self-portraits included.

There are 33 paintable patterns.

Would you like to enjoy painting Anders Leonard Zorn masterpieces yourself? If so, visit http://www.segmation.com/products_pc_patternset_contents.asp?set=ALZ to see our Anders Leonard Zorn patterns. These patterns are basically paintable images of Zorn’s paintings.

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Segmation releases Free iPad/Mobile Phone Paint By Numbers App

Segmation (www.segmation.com) has introduced SegPlay® Mobile 2.0, available for free at the Apple iTunes Store and newly optimized for iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

SegPlay Mobile 2.0 is the mobile app of SegPlay’s Paint By Numbers software, and lets players use their fingers like a paintbrush. Formerly sold for $1.99 at the Apple store, it’s now available for free and is fully compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), and iPod touch (4th generation) devices. SegPlay requires iOS 5.0 or later.

The app has been optimized for the larger iPad display in both landscape and portrait orientations, making it work like a giant digital canvas for painting on.

 

“We’re very excited to be able to offer SegPlay as a free mobile phone app” says company president Mark Feldman. “It’s the quickest, coolest, and fastest way to paint by numbers using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and is the perfect form of entertainment for people on the go.”

The SegPlay Mobile 2.0 app download includes six free patterns to get players started, with an impressive – and growing – library of six-pattern sets in diverse fun categories available in six levels of difficulty. Additional pattern sets are available, and very reasonably priced at under $1 each. New pattern sets are also being released every month.

“Version 2.0 is a huge leap from its predecessor,” notes Feldman, observing the ability to feel the canvas using an iPad, with easy to use graphics, near infinite zooming, panning, pinching, flicking and user-friendly icons.

He adds, “Besides now being free and having a cleaner interface, we’ve fixed a bunch of bugs, installed new upgrades, and provided many special features. Some of those features are available immediately with the free download, the rest will unlock after just one new set of patterns is purchased.” These features include:

  • Timed painting
  • Hints
  • Customized palettes
  • Scoring your work while beating the clock
  • Solving the puzzle with the push of a button
  • Autosave
  • Near infinite zooming
  • Fun sound effects
  • An abilitity to share your finished patterns with friends on Facebook

“I can’t even tell you how many thousands of our community’s members have spent the past year painting by numbers on their mobile devices. They’ve been extremely anxious to get their fingers on these upgrades and new patterns, and are thrilled about being able to download new pattern sets every month. We heard what customers wanted, and we delivered.”

“Plus with just one pattern set purchase, you’ll get rid of those pesky advertisements” he laughs.”

“Regardless of what you do during your day,” says Feldman, “There’s nothing so refreshing as painting by numbers. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, and it’s INCREDIBLY addictive.”

“Best of all,” he smiles “There’s no mess to clean up when you’re done.”

 

About Segmation

Segmation has been the leader in digital paint by numbers technology since 1990, when it developed the first online color and number pattern creation technology in the industry. Over the years it has introduced numerous improvements to its product line.

The company’s latest innovation allows users to color intricate line patterns from a wide range of photorealistic images on their mobile device. All Segmation software offers a huge assortment of playing options for testing painting skills, manual dexterity, speed, artistic abilities, skill-testing, color therapy, and just plain fun.

Segmation software is available today for use online, on PC, iPad, and mobile phone, with free trials of the programs available. The SegPlay Mobile 2.0 app is completely free.

The company has acquired a worldwide following, with a vast library of available patterns that runs into the thousands in hundreds of categories. Pattern sets go from very simple to very complex, and patterns cost just pennies apiece to own.  

Segmation also offers a free monthly newsletter, an instructive and entertaining WordPress blog called Outside the Lines, great YouTube videos, and a vibrant and diverse Facebook community, all of which are perfect for art lovers, teachers, casual gamers, students, crafters, and anyone seeking a few minutes of relaxation or insight into the art world.

Segmation products are available both as entertainment and as customizable marketing tools.

For additional information, contact:

BETH FELDMAN

beth@segmation.com

858-206-3289