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François Diday

Genf, 1802 — 1877

The Swiss landscape painter François Diday (* 10.2.1802 Geneva - 28.11.1877) took drawing lessons with Abraham Constantin and other landscape painters in Geneva whose style was to shape him, and he was also a pupil at the Société des Arts. 1823 he worked in the studio of Antoine Gros in Paris. In the following year Diday received a small scholarship for a stay in Italy. Then he settled in his hometown Geneva and worked as a drawing teacher in his studio, which was visited by numerous pupils, including Alexandre Calame. Diday became the leading head of the Geneva School of Alpine Painting and thus an important representative of Geneva Romanticism. In addition to Switzerland, his works were exhibited in Paris, Berlin and Vienna at the 1873 World Exhibition, where he was awarded a bronze medal.