The Waltz. 1891. Etching. Hjert and Hjert 178.iii. Edition 40 in this state (proofs in the first two states are "very rare"). 13 5/8 x 8 13/16 (sheet 16 1/2 x 12 3/8). Illustrated: Print Collector's Quarterly 1 (1911): 613; Salaman, Modern Masters of Etching, Zigrosser, Six Centuries of Fine Prints. A rich impression printed on heavy cream-colored laid paper. Signed, inscribed and dated 1903 in pencil. Elegantly presented, housed in a silk mat wit a gold lip, and a 24 1/2 x 18 1/2-inch 22-karat gold leaf frame with fleur-de-lys on each corner. 15,000.
The setting is a ball given by the Zorns in their Paris studio on the Boulevard de Clichy. The artist is dancing with his model, model Marta Petrini. The woman of the couple at the right is Emma Zorn.
The Waltz is among Zorn's best-known images.
Mr. George Vanderbilt purchased the painting of the subject at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Currently the painting, and a watercolor study, are now in the Vanderbilt collection in Biltmore House, Asheville, North Carolina.
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