19th century Swiss painter Robert Zünd studied with several noted Swiss landscape painters, including Alexandre Calame and his teacher, François Diday.
Carrying forward the emphasis on truth to nature of his teachers, Zünd became noted for his richly detailed landscapes, many of which were large in scale. He also was influenced by the study of masterworks by French and Dutch masters like Claude Lorrain and Jacob van Ruisdael that he encountered during a time in Paris, and incorporated their methods of classical composition into his own work.
Zünd is also known for his series of religious themed paintings — such as The Road to Emmaus (images above, fourth down) — that were created during a ten year period in the middle of his career.
Zünd captured the textural and atmospheric character of the woods and fields he portrayed, as well as the play of light through them, creating his studio works from location drawings and oil sketches (images above, fifth down).
One of his most noted paintings, Der Eichenwald (The Oak Forest, images above, top, with detail, large version here), gained him particular attention and the respect of other noted painters when it was exhibited at the National Exhibition in Zurich in 1883.
To me, his work conveys a sense of deep affection for nature and the landscape itself that goes beyond that of many other painters.
Tomorrow, Thursday May 18, 2017, is Art Museum Day here in the U.S.
Organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors, it’s an event in which participating museums open their doors for free and often feature events, tours and museum shop discounts.
Unlike the broader Museum Day, organized by the Smithsonian and generally held in September, this event has no requirement for advance tickets or limitations on the number of museums you can visit on the day.
This page devoted to Art Museum Day, though it may not be obvious at first, offers a list of participating museums, arranged by state.
The images above are of some of the participating museums here in the Philadelphia area: the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Brandywine River Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum of American Art and the Barnes Foundation.