Dance in Gopsmor Cottage, 1914

Dans i Gopsmorstugan

Dance in Gopsmor Cottage


Oil on canvas

Zorn could sometimes withdraw to his hunting and fishing cottage, Gopsmor, located on the banks of the river Österdalälven a couple of miles north of Mora. Here, the artist could live an old-fashioned summer pasture life and paint undisturbed. Occasionally, however, Zorn liked to break the silence in the peaceful environment and invited young people from the area to dance. The music was provided by an old fiddler from a nearby village. Dance in Gopsmor Cottage illustrates a moment like that. The young men and women are depicted in a fast-paced “polska”.