Martha Dana (later Mrs. William Mercer)

1899
Anders Leonard Zorn (Swedish, 1860–1920)


Dimensions

68.6 x 50.8 cm (27 x 20 in.)

Accession Number

28.513

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

Zorn painted this portrait of Martha Dana (1872–1960) at the Back Bay home of Boston art collector and personality Isabella Stewart Gardner, who arranged a number of commissioned portraits on the artist’s behalf. The artist captures the youth and vivacity of this modern beauty with quick, loose brushstrokes and vibrant accents of color. In her later years, Dana would become a prominent benefactor to local arts institutions, including the MFA.

Inscription

Upper right: Zorn 99

Provenance

1899, Martha Dana (later Mrs. William Robert Mercer; b. 1872 - d. 1960), Boston (original commission); 1928, gift of Martha Dana Mercer to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 4, 1928)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William R. Mercer