Midsummer Dance
  • TitleMidsummer Dance
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 140 x 98 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 181 x 145 x 10 cm
  • DatingSigned 1897
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Anders Zorn, Swedish, born 1860-02-18, dead 1920-08-22
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 1603
  • AcquisitionDonated 1903 by Konstakademien with contribution from Wholesale dealer Pontus and his wife Göthilda
  • Description
    Images and media

    This painting is often seen as an ideal image of a Swedish tradition, but is anything but an authentic record of a moment in time. Zorn painted it for the Stockholm Exhibition of 1897. The year before he had staged the whole thing in Mora, acquired a maypole and asked young people from the area to dance, despite the church’s ban on Midsummer celebrations in the actual village. The maypole tradition was imported by German immigrants five centuries ago.