Fritz Zuber-Buhler (1822-1896)
[Fritz Zuber Buhler]
||Picot and Grosclaude
The prohibited book is the one which is always certain to be read. This young person
has been commanded not to read a certain novel - and she takes it to bed to read and
dream over. Fritz Zuber-Buhler, the artist, was born at Locle, in Switzerland. Locle
is a town chiefly devoted to the manufacturing of watches, and as the boy had a taste
for drawing he was employed to engrave designs on the cases of the higher priced pocket
time pieces. In its small way, this engraving for the jewellers is a profitable business
to the employees, so Zuber-Buhler was able
in time to go to Paris to study painting. He there was a pupil of Picot and of the
Swiss painter Grosclaude, and under them became an accomplished technician, while he
developed a power as a colorist quite uncommon with painters of his nationality.
"The Gypsy" of
Fritz Zuber-Buhler is one of those itinerant dancing-girls common in portions of
Southern Europe still, who reclines by the roadside in the forest to doze and dream
away the summer noonday.
Fritz Zuber-Buhler in "The Dew" represents her as a lovely spirit almost spectral
in her pale beauty, who flies over the landscape which is shimmering in the moonbeams, shaking out
from the tresses of her golden hair the pearls of moisture which fall upon and refresh the earth.
It is a charming conceit, and rendered with a sentiment and feeling which rank it among the very best works
the artist has produced.
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