Zuber-Buhler, Fritz "Young Beauty holding a Bouquet of Flowers" Oil on canvas
Zuber-Bühler was born in 1822 in Le Locle, Switzerland, but moved to Paris at the age of sixteen to begin his training with Louis Grosclaude. He then entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and after the atelier of François-Edouard Picot. Picot also taught Zuber-Bühler's contemporaries such as Bouguereau, Alexandre Cabanel and Léon Perrault amongst others and continued the principles of the academic tradition as he himself had been trained under Jacques Louis David.
Zuber-Bühler, like many students at the time, traveled to Italy at the age of nineteen for five years. He also studied at the Berlin Academy between 1843 and 1844. He then returned to Paris and began exhibiting his paintings at the annual Salon, debuting in 1850 with L'Enfance de Bacchus, La Madone et L'Enfant Jesus, Portrait de Mme la marquise de F...' and with La Poussière Retourne à la Poussière et l'Esprit Remonte à Dieu qui l'a Donné. Zuber-Bühler continued to exhibit prolifically throughout his career, often entering several paintings in the Salon simultaneously. He also began to exhibit drawings, pastels and watercolors. In 1867 he exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, showing The Pet Kitten, and was also part of the 1877 exhibition in Philadelphia for which he received an award.
His many and various entries suggest to what extent Zuber-Bühler was interested in varying his themes and also how popular with the Salon judges and the public his works were. He continued to show at the Salon until 1891. He died on November 23rd 1896, in Paris. Throughout his career, Zuber-Bühler advanced the theories of the academic style and adhered to his training at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
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His works are now owned by the museums in Bern, Le Locle, and Neuchatel, Switzerland and in Montpellier, France.
FRAMED: HEIGHT: 33 in | WIDTH: 30 in
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