Fritz Zuber Buhler
French Academic Classicists Painter
Cause of Death - Heart Failure
Description Fritz Zuber-Buhler's Academic Classicist Painting style
Followers of this movement were influenced by the high standards of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts, which practiced under the movements of Neoclassicism and Romanticism. Academic Classicism attempted to merge both techniques to create the perfect style. It is characterized by adhering to a strict manner of painting, following narrow compositional rules and delicacy of color. The atmospheric effects are sumptuously luminescent. According to art historian, Walter Pater " To produce such effects at all requires all the resources of painting, with its power of indirect expression, of subordinate but significant detail, its atmosphere, its foregrounds and backgrounds."John C. Van Dyke points out "The whole tendency of academic art in France was against Delacroix, Rousseau, and Millet. During their lives they were regarded as heretics in art and without the pale of the Academy. Their art, however, combined with nature study and the realism of Courbet, succeeded in modifying the severe classicism of Ingres into what has been called semi-classicism. It consists in the elevated, heroic, or historical theme, academic form well drawn, some show of bright colors, smoothness of brush-work, and precision and nicety of detail. In treatment it attempts the realistic, but in spirit it is usually stilted, cold, unsympathetic."
Subject matter often used in Rococo art such as light hearted merriment of the aristocracy was fashionable once again. Fritz Zuber-Buhler style favored fantasy and idyllic love. He was known for his dreamy backgrounds, highly detailed compositions and polished style. Buhler's sleeping women, an idealized and romantic themes made him one of the most popular Victorian painters of his day.
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