Midsummer Dance

In his autobiographical notes, Anders Zorn writes about how the idea for the painting was born: "This work was painted in June and part of July after sunset and I am pleased to have done it. I had just given Morkarlby a new maypole. It was painted red every Midsummer and I realised and still realise that it is my solemn duty to be present and to lead the dressing of said pole. My farmhand, dear Ve…