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Albert Anker - Schreibendes Mädchen nach rechts, 1906


Albert Anker - Schreibendes Mädchen nach rechts, 1906
Water colour on paper
24.5 x 24.5 cm

Albert Anker counts to the most popular Swiss genre painters of the 19th century. The subjects of his works are often children's games, schooling, reading and learning, as well as domestic activities such as knitting and weaving. The interest in people has always been at the centre of his art. Among his favourite models were his own children.

This was possibly also the case in this work "Scheibendes Mädchen nach rechts" from 1906. With seemingly masterful ease, Albert Anker was able to bring the finest nuances of colour onto the paper and capture the calm, concentrated mood of the scene. The girl has her eyes firmly fixed on her exercise book, in which she carefully and meticulously writes lines. Her golden shimmering hair is plaited into a neat braid and there are no stains on the girl's clothes. Everything in this picture reflects order, concentration and purity. One almost forgets that the painting was created by the blotchy application of paint and that the ductus in itself represents a certain contradiction to the orderly mood in the picture.
Through the dark background Anker creates a light situation that resembles a stage. The child is brought into the spotlight by the subtle illumination and the activity of writing is thus given even more significance.

About artist
Albert Anker
Ins, 1831 — 1910

In 1836 Albert Anker (1.4.1831, Berne - 16.7.1910, Berne) received his first drawing lessons at the age of five from Frédéric-Wilhelm Moritz and Louis Wallinger. In 1851 Anker made his first trip to Paris, where he made copies of Old Masters in the Louvre. He then began to study theology, which he ended in 1853 to become a painter instead. He studied in Paris from 1855 to 1860 at the Ecole Impériale et Spéciale des Beaux-Arts. From 1859 to 1885 his paintings were regularly represented at the renowned Paris Salon. From 1870 to 1874 Anker was a member of the Grand Council of the Canton of Berne, where he supported the construction of the Bern Art Museum, which opened in 1873. In 1890 he gave up his residence in Paris and moved to his former parental home in Ins. On 17 November 1900, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern.