Monday, November 28, 2011

Albert Anker

Girl reading, diam. 28 cm.
This fine watercolor was sold in Bern, Switzeland for an absolute record price for this artist .
(900.000 CHF)

Albert Anker ( 1831 - 1910) was Swiss painter and illustrator who was born in Ins as the son of veterinarian Samuel Anker. He took private drawing lessons with Louis Wallinger (1819–86) His father reluctantly consented to an artistic career, and in 1854 Anker moved to Paris, where he joined the studio of Charles Gleyre. He studied at the Ecole Impériale des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1855 until c. 1860, meanwhile selling portraits. 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.




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