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Robert Zünd

Luzern, 1827 — 1909

Robert Zünd (* 3.5.1827 in Lucerne; † 15.1.1909 in Lucerne) is one of the most important landscape painters in Europe in the 19th century. His first encounter with art was in the studio of Jakob Schwegler (1793-1866), who gave him drawing and painting lessons. The Nidwalden painter Joseph Zelger advised him to move to Geneva in 1848, where Zünd made the acquaintance of the well-known Swiss painters François Diday and Alexandre Calame and was also taught by them. In 1852 Zünd travelled to Paris and found new sources of inspiration in works by Dutch and French masters of the 17th century. About ten years later, Zünd retreated to the outskirts of Lucerne, where he lived until his death in 1909. 

Zünd's artistic work is characterized by a particular closeness to nature and a detailed, extremely naturalistic painting style. He paid particular attention to the principles of classical composition. The artist is known for his atmospheric and light-flooded landscape paintings. His motifs often include rural scenes or landscapes, but they are characterized by the absence of any signs of industrialization or technologization.