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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Anker, Albert


Strickendes Mädchen (Knitting girl or knitting kitty) 1884
1884
oil on canvas
65.5 x 46.5 cm
Fine art museum Bern, Switzerland
http://www.kunstmuseumbern.ch/

"One has to shape an ideal in one's imagination, and then one has to make that ideal accessible to the people." (Anker)
Albert Samuel Anker (1831 - 1910) was a Swiss painter who has been called the "national painter" of Switzerland because of his enduringly popular depictions of 19th-century Swiss village life.

His paintings depict his fellow citizens in an unpretentious and plain manner, without idealizing country life, but also without the critical examination of social conditions. 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.

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 coloring and lighting.

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.
http://www.imaginarymuseum.net/view/flipcard