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Hans Bachmann
Winikon, 1852 — 1917

Hans Bachmann (1852, Winikon – 1917, Lucerne) was a Swiss portrait, landscape and interior painter. Starting in 1870 he studied at the art academy in Düsseldorf. Due to health concerns, he took a two-year retreat in 1880 to the Swiss Mountains, using that time to focus on studies of nature. After his return to Düsseldorf, he joined the band of acquaintances circled around Benjamin Vautier and painted folk scenes, through which he enjoyed international renown. In 1887 he received a gold medal at the London Art Exhibition at the Crystal Palace for the painting Weihnachtssingen (Christmas Caroling) and in 1888 an award from the Royal Academy of Arts in Berlin. In 1895 Bachmann returned to Switzerland, settling in Reiden. From 1897 to 1905 he taught at the schools of applied arts in Zurich and Lucerne, and from 1903 onwards at a private painting school for women in Lucerne as well. From 1899 to 1901 he was a member of the Federal Art Commission and in 1909 he was one of the founding members of the Lucerne Secession. The Bern Museum of Art dedicated a memorial exhibition to him in 1918. Bachmann had a knack for depicting children and other simple rural subjects; a characteristic he shared with Albert Anker, both described the rural habits and customs of their era with objective detachment.

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