(b Anet, Berne, 1 April 1831; d Anet, 16 July 1910). Swiss painter
and illustrator. An early interest in art was kindled by visiting
the exhibitions of the Société des Amis des Arts in Neuchâtel in
1842, and he took private drawing lessons with Louis Wallinger
(1819–86) between 1845 and 1848. However he began studying theology
in Berne in 1851, continuing these studies at the university in
Halle. During his stay in Germany he became acquainted with major
German collections, notably the Gemäldegalerie in Dresden, which
impressed him deeply. His father reluctantly consented to an
artistic career, and in 1854 Anker moved to Paris, where he joined
the studio of Charles Gleyre. He studied at the Ecole Impériale des
Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1855 until c. 1860, meanwhile selling
portraits. In 1861 he travelled in nothern Italy, copying Old
Masters such as Titian and Correggio.
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