With Albrecht Samuel Anker, portrait painter of the 19th century, I don’t even know where to start when it comes to picking paintings as examples of his art. Just about each and every one of them is so wonderful! Here’s the one that caught my attention first and led me to look for other paintings of Mr. Anker:
Albrecht Anker was born on April 1, 1831 in Ins, in the canton of Bern, in north-western Switzerland. He was a Swiss painter and illustrator and has earned for himself the title “national painter of Switzerland” because of his depictions of 19th-century Swiss village life that are as well-loved today as they were back in his time. When he was 14, he went to the nearby town of Neuchâtel to school for three years, and it is there that his first name changed from Albrecht to Albert as the latter was much easier to pronounce for his French-speaking classmates.
After finishing his schooling and studying theology for a while in Halle, Germany, the great art galleries there inspired Albert Anker to become an artist, and thus, having convinced his parents to agree to his new career plans, he moved to Paris, France. He was quite famous during his lifetime already, but only after his death on July 16, 1910 there were exhibitions dedicated only to him.
Albert married Anna Rüfli in 1864, and they had six children together. Four of his children, the ones who did not die at an early age, appear in some of his paintings: Louise, Marie, Maurice and Cécile.
Which leads me to why we like his paintings so much: He painted the most wonderful portraits of children as well as older people. So just sit back and enjoy some more glimpses into the life of 19th century people in rural Switzerland.