The Little Brewery
  • TitleThe Little Brewery
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 47,5 x 78 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 67 x 97 x 7 cm
  • DatingSigned 1890
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Anders Zorn, Swedish, born 1860-02-18, dead 1920-08-22
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 6875
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1992 with contribution from Pripps Bryggerier
  • Description
    Images and media

    In this interior from a brewery, women workers are bottling beer and corking the filled bottles. In the background, a supervisor is watching over their work. Women factory workers were not a new phenomenon in the era of Swedish industrialisation. Their work could be both heavy and hazardous, but Zorn’s painting can hardly be interpreted as social criticism. On the contrary, he seems to have been mostly interested in capturing the light, the humidity and their concentration as they worked.