Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert Germany
9-18-1865 Oppeln, GER – 2-11-1926 Flims, SUIBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
At the age of 17 Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert began a technical and commercial apprenticeship, which he failed to complete. Then Kuhnert was a scholarship student at the Berlin University of the Arts from 1883 to 1887. From his home in Berlin, he embarked on travels to Scandinavia, Egypt, East Africa and India to make landscape and animal studies. His favorite motif was the African lion.
In 1901 Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert was the illustrator for zoologist Johann Wilhelm Haacke's book Animal Life on Earth. In 1903, he became one of the many artists selected to provide illustrations and design trading cards for the Cologne chocolate company, Stollwerck. He also provided some illustrations for the 1900 edition of Brehms Tierleben.
Contrary to the practice of his peers, Kuhnert distinguished himself by sketching tropical animals in the wild, not in zoos. He made pictures by sketching, etching, watercolor, and oil painting. Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert is considered one of the most important German animal painters of his time. Today, Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert is still known as one of the most important German animal painters of his time. His work includes drawings, etchings, watercolors and oil paintings. Not only a painter and illustrator but also a hunter, Kuhnert often accepted great adversity to track down and capture his motifs in their natural habitat, as he was not a professional hunter, it often took a great deal of effort to track down his subjects.
Traveled: Scandinavia, Egypt, East Africa, India, Ceylon