Léo-Paul Robert

Switzerland / 1851 - 1923 / wikipedia
Léo-Paul-Samuel Robert, (March 19, 1851 in Biel / Bienne - Oct. 10, 1923 in Orvin); Swiss painter.

Son of Aurèle Robert and nephew of Léopold Robert, who - as well as his sons Théophile Robert, Philippe Robert and Paul-André Robert - were also painters.

After Robert was introduced by his father to painting, he trained in 1869 at the Munich Academy of Arts. His father died in 1871, whereupon he returned to Ried in Biel in the meantime. This was followed by further educational visits to Florence and Paris. In 1896 he received a small gold medal at the International Art Exhibition in Berlin.

In the course of his career Robert first painted allegories, later landscape paintings and finally watercolors of birds and caterpillars.

In the Neues Museum Biel (until 2011 Museum Neuhaus) are pictures of the 3000 works comprehensive collection of the Foundation Robert issued.

In Biel, the Paul-Robert-Weg is named after him.
[Google translation of https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A9o-Paul_Robert]

Leo Paul Samuel Robert was the most highly regarded Swiss naturalist artist at the turn of the century, and he was on the vanguard of the symbolist movement in the late 19th century. His "Zephyrs" painting was presented in 1877 at the Paris Salon, won a gold medal, and is considered one of the earliest of the Symbolist movement, predating the major artistic output from the movement which did not get running until the 1890s. With his contemporary Eugène Burnand, he became one of Switzerland's most prominent artists in Paris. Robert was a member of the Federal Commission of Fine Arts between 1891-97 and the Commission of the Gottfried Keller Foundation between 1894-1918. While other Swiss notables, such as Ferdinand Hodler, Carlos Schwabe, and Félix Vallotton, played a more highly influential role in the Symbolist movement, Robert was nonetheless considered a significant Swiss artist who...
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