This particular room in the Biltmore Conservatory was referred to as the “Cool Room”. In an ironic twist, the “Cool Room” ended up being very muggy and even steamy. I mostly seen tropical plants in here, as well as a handful of flora that I was familiar with.
Valsen (Waltz), 1891. Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920). Oil on canvas. Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina.
Bought by George W. Vanderbilt at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. In the original draft the artist Louis Sparre was dancing in the foreground with Zorn’s model Marta Petrini, but in the final version Zorn substituted himself for Sparre. The woman of the couple at the right is Emma Zorn. The setting is a ball given by the Zorns in their Paris studio on the Boulevard de Clichy.