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Albert Anker

– Life: – Born in Ins as the son of veterinarian Samuel Anker and Marianne Elisabeth. – Attended school in Neuchâtel and studied theology at […]

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– Life:
– Born in Ins as the son of veterinarian Samuel Anker and Marianne Elisabeth.
– Attended school in Neuchâtel and studied theology at the University of Bern and the University of Halle, Germany.
– Studied art in Paris with Charles Gleyre and attended the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts.
– Married Anna Rüfli in 1864 and had six children.
– Received a gold medal at the Paris Salon in 1866 and was made a knight of the Légion d’honneur in 1878.

– Works:
– Produced works with historical and biblical themes during his studies.
– Focused on depicting everyday life in rural communities.
– Created over 30 still lifes reflecting a harmonic world order.
– Completed hundreds of commissioned watercolors and drawings, including portraits and illustrations.
– Decorated over 500 faience plates for Théodore Deck between 1866 and 1892.

– Reception:
– Anker was Switzerland’s most popular genre painter of the 19th century.
– His works remain popular due to their accessibility.
– Many Swiss postage stamps and media feature his art.
– His studio in Ins is preserved as a museum by the Albert Anker Foundation.
– Former Swiss Federal Councillor Christoph Blocher is a notable admirer and collector of Anker’s work.

– Personal life:
– Brother Rudolf and mother died in 1847; younger sister Louise died in 1852.

– Gallery:
– Artworks include “Boy at Table” and “Strickendes Mädchen, Kleinkind in der Wiege hütend.”
– His studio in Ins has been preserved as a museum.
– Anker’s works are known for their conciliation and understanding.
– His correspondence reflects open-mindedness towards contemporary European art.
– Anker’s paintings depict fellow citizens in an unpretentious manner.

Albert Anker (Wikipedia)

Albrecht Samuel Anker (1 April 1831 – 16 July 1910) was a Swiss painter and illustrator who has been called the "national painter" of Switzerland because of his enduringly popular depictions of 19th-century Swiss social life.

Albert (Albrecht) Samuel Anker
Self-portrait in profile, left (1891)
Watercolours, 16.3 × 12.7 cm
Born1 April 1831 (1831-04)
Died16 July 1910(1910-07-16) (aged 79)
Ins, Switzerland
OccupationPainter
SpouseAnna Rüfli
ChildrenLouise, Marie, Maurice and Cécile
Parent(s)Samuel Anker, Marianne
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