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Albert Anker


Paintings

The Girl with the dominoes, Tondo

A Farmer's Wife, Sewing

A girl knitting

A Peasant Woman Reading

A Seated Farmer with a Pipe

A simple meal

Playing girl at the stove

Writing girl (Marie Anker)

The school exam

The village tailor

A Gotthelf reader

Jakob Böhm

Young mother, looking her sleeping child at candlelight

Schoolboy

Self-portrait in profile to the left

Still life - intemperance

Old sitting man in profile

Grandmother reading the Bible

Portrait of a young woman

Portrait of a blond girl

Portrait of a boy

Portrait of Therese von Wyttenbach-Fischer

The Absinthe Drinker

The little knitters

Grandmother reading the Bible

Boy in Ins

Marie Anker

Marie Anker

Writing boy

Self-portrait

Chrétien Sons

Study on The Kappeler milk soup

Self-Portrait as Zofinger Student

Farmer with two children

Schoolgirl with homework

Old Woman with Yarn Spindle

Old Woman

Old Man Reading

Old man taking a rest

An Interior with Mother and Children

An old man eating soup

The Bourbakis

Chiusi

The village clerk

The Drinker

The devotion of the grandfather

The Industrious

The farmers and the newspaper

The village school

The young potato Peeler

The knuckle Player

The exiles

The strawberry Mareili

Grandfather tells a story

Kappeler milk soup

Children funeral

Kids breakfast

Country children

Girl feeding chickens

Girl in front of window niche

Melchior Römer

Neolithics man

Neolithics woman

San Giorgio in Mantua

Sleeping boy in the hay

School walk

Soap Bubbles

Sunday Afternoon

Still life beer and radish

Still life coffee and cognac

Still life of tea and bread rolls

Girl Knitting

Gym class in Ins

Two sleeping girl near the stove

Anneli after the accident

At the cemetery

Bearded man with hat

Farmer with stocking cap

Farm Room with Green oven

Lake Biel at Twann

Portrait of Bethli Oser

Portrait of Christine Preiswerk

Portrait of Jean-Jaques Küffer

Portrait of a girl with red head covering

Portrait of Marie Anker

Portrait of Dora Luthy

View of the Cathedral of Lausanne

Blonde Girl knitting

Boy Eating an Apple

Letter writing Girl

Chest picture of a young woman in costume, with hood

Bust of a blond woman with necklace

Cécile Anker

Child at a Table

Chuchli Mother

Cressier Corner

Cook with suckling pig

Lady with large lace cap

Danae

The song of home

The Room - Study of Interieur (The Nursery)

The Absithe Drinker

Old Feissli with Stick and Hat

The guard

The Siblings Zaeslin; 2) Rosy Zaeslin (STUDY)

The Mother is coming

Drawing of a boy after a classical sculpture.

Figure Study with Farmer

First Smile

Woman at Table - Verso Interior with Table

Woman portrait in profile

Girl eating

Girl in a red cap.

Girl reading

Girl with Doll and Toys

Girl writing

Grandmother giving Soup to her Grandchild

Grandfather with Sleeping Granddaughter

Hippocrates

Im Moos

Young Woman from Bern Reading

Young Woman at Loom

Young Girl with basket of provisions

Jura Landscape

Potato peeling Girl

Children on a meadow

Children at the Shed

Portrait of a Boy

Portrait of a Boy

Portrait of a Boy

Knitting Girl

Head of a Peasant Woman

Kitchen Interion, on the Back Girl Portrait

Mariette with Strawberries

Lavater seated

New Born

The seminarian

Little Red Riding Hood

Reading Woman

Reading Grandmother at Furnace

Reading Young Peasant Woman, Sitting Right

Reading old farmer

Reading Grandfather

Reading Young Girl

Reading Girl

Reading Girl

Reading Girl

Lot of five drawings

Louise Anker

Girl with homework

Girl in Profile

Girl in Winter Landscape

Girl with Loaf of Bread

Girl with Loaf of Bread

Girl with Cats

Girl with little sister

Girl braiding her hair

Portrait of a Girl

Man reading a newspaper

Marie Anker with Doll

Marie Anker

Marie Anker

Girl combing

Mother with two children

Mother and Child

Pestalozzi

Portrait of Sully

Portrait of a young girl

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a boy in profile.

Portrait of a Boy

Portrait of a Girl

Portrait of a Girl

Portrait of a Girl

Portrait of a woman peeling an apple

Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a Young Boy

Portrait of a Young Girl

Portrait of Pasquale Alonzo

Portrait of Ambroise Pare

Reading Girl

Recto Boy with basket. Verso

River landscape in Wasen

Roeseli, knitting

Rudi Anker

Rudi Anker, dead

Saint Genoveva

School Boy

Boy Writing

Schoolgirl

Schoolboy with Slate

Seated man

Sitting Farmer in Landscape

Sitting Farmer with Pipe

Seated Nude Boy

Sitting Girl with Hair Band and Cloth Shoulder, Right

Seated Reading Woman

Soldier in 16th century costume

Sunday Rest

Eating girl at the table

Still Life

Study for Anker's 'Die Badenden'

Study for 'Grandmother reading'

Study of a saint

Tea and melting roll

Head of a Young Woman

Head of Young Girl, her eyes very profound

The artist's mother

The elder sister

The Little Musician

The Whistle Carver

The Crèche

Woman Sewing

Young woman in traditional costume

Young woman reading at a table

Civil ceremony

Two Children with Slate Board

Two children in front of a barn

Playing with dolls

Queen Bertha and the Spinners

Selfportrait

The Knucklebones Player

The Kappel milk soup

Reclining Nude

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Albert Anker

Albrecht Samuel Anker (April 1, 1831 – July 16, 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 village life.[1]

Life
Born in Ins as the son of veterinarian Samuel Anker (then a member of the constituent assembly of the Canton of Bern), Anker attended school in Neuchâtel, where he and Auguste Bachelin, later a fellow artist, took early drawing lessons with Louis Wallinger in 1845–48.[2] In 1849–51, he attended the Gymnasium Kirchenfeld (de) in Bern, graduating with the Matura.[2] Afterwards, he studied theology, beginning in 1851 in Bern and continuing at the university of Halle, Germany. But in Germany he was inspired by the great art collections, and in 1854 he convinced his father to agree to an artistic career. In Neuchâtel he got his name Albert, because it was much easier to pronounce for his French speaking classmates.

Anker moved to Paris, where he studied with Charles Gleyre and attended the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 1855–60.[2] He installed a studio in the attic of his parents' house and participated regularly in exhibitions in Switzerland and in Paris.[1] Anker married Anna Rüfli in 1864, and they had six children together; the four children who did not die at an early age – Louise, Marie, Maurice and Cécile – appear in some of Anker's paintings. In 1866, he was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Salon for Schlafendes Mädchen im Walde (1865) und Schreibunterricht (1865); in 1878 he was made a knight of the Légion d'honneur.[2] In 1870–74 he was a member of the Grand Council of Bern,[2] where he advocated the construction of the Kunstmuseum Bern.

Apart from his regular wintertime stays in Paris, Anker frequently travelled to Italy and other European countries. In 1889–93 and 1895–98 he was a member of the Swiss Federal Art Commission and in 1900 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern.[2] A stroke in 1901 reduced his ability to work. Only after his death in 1910 was there a first exposition dedicated to him, held at the Musée d'art et d'histoire in Neuchâtel.[1]
Works
Le petit chaperon rouge, (Little Red Riding Hood), 1883
The exactingly painted Still Life: Excess (1896) depicts the remnants of a large meal

During his studies, Anker produced a series of works with historical and biblical themes, including paintings of Luther and Calvin.[1] Soon after returning to Ins, though, he turned to what would become his signature theme: the everyday life of people in rural communities. His paintings depict his fellow citizens in an unpretentious and plain manner, without idealising country life, but also without the critical examination of social conditions that can be found in the works of contemporaries such as Daumier, Courbet or Millet.[1] Although Anker did paint occasional scenes with a social significance, such as visits by usurers or charlatans to the village, his affirmative and idealistic Christian world-view did not include an inclination to issue any sort of overt challenge.[1]

Also prominent in Anker's work are the more than 30 still lifes he created. They depict both rural and urban table settings in the tradition of Chardin, their realist solidity reflecting Anker's vision of a harmonic and stable world order.[1] In addition, Anker created hundreds of commissioned watercolours and drawings, mostly portraits and illustrations, including for an edition of Jeremias Gotthelf's collected works.[1] To provide for a steady income, Anker also decorated more than 500 faience plates for the Alsatian producer Théodore Deck.[1]

Anker was quick to reach his artistic objectives and never strayed from his chosen path. His works, though, exude a sense of conciliation and understanding as well as a calm trust in Swiss democracy; they are executed with great skill, providing brilliance to everyday scenes through subtle choices in colouring and lighting.[1] Their parochial motives belie the open-mindedness towards contemporary European art and events that Anker's correspondence reflects.[1]
Reception

Albert Anker's work made him Switzerland's most popular genre painter of the 19th century, and his paintings have continued to enjoy a great popularity due to their general accessibility.[1] Indeed, as a student, Anker summed up his approach to art as follows: "One has to shape an ideal in one's imagination, and then one has to make that ideal accessible to the people."[1]

Many Swiss postage stamps and other media have incorporated Anker's work. His studio in Ins has been preserved as a museum by the Albert Anker Foundation. One of Anker's greatest admirers and collectors is former Swiss Federal Councillor Christoph Blocher, since the 1980s Switzerland's most influential conservative politician, who also published an apologetic essay on Anker.[3]
References

Bhattacharya-Stettler, Therese (1998). "Albert Anker" (PDF). SIKART dictionary and database (in German). Swiss Institute for Art Research. External link in |work= (help)
"Albert Anker – Biographie" (PDF). Albert Anker – Schöne Welt. Zum 100. Todestag. Eine Auseinandersetzung mit Albert Anker 7. Mai – 5. September 2010 (in German). Kunstmuseum Bern. 2010. External link in |work= (help)

Christoph Blocher (2006). "Schweizer Malerei: Tröstlich anzusehen" (in German). Die Weltwoche 17/06.

Bibliography

(German) H.A. Lüthy, S. Kuthy, Albert Anker (1980)
(German) S. Kuthy, T. Bhattacharya-Stettler, Albert Anker, Ölgemälde und Ölstudien (1995)

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