( 1867 Luzern - 1926 Zürich)
Original Drawing - Pidgeon
Dimensions: approx. 18 X 12 inches
Josef Klemens Kaufmann was best known for
his military scenes and drawings of animals.
Born in Lucern, Kaufmann moved to Geneva at
the age of 16 to study art with the well-known
painter and teacher Barthélemy Menn*
at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Later he traveled
on to Paris where he studied with Benjamin Constant,
who encouraged his interest in painting animals.
Back in Lucern, he also developed an interest
in Military themes, and often accompanied troops
on their excersizes, drawing their manouevres
from life. In some cases Kaufmann was even summoned
by telegraph by Military officers to draw new
scenes on site.
After his studies, Kaufmann spent most of his
life as an artist in Luzern where he had a studio
on the Haldenstrasse. He was a founder of Lucern's
annual Christmas exhibit (Weihnachtsaustellung)
and in 1906 was a founder of the Schweizerische
Freie Kuenstlervereinigung (Secession). The
city of Lucerne made him an honorary citizen.
Two exhibits in the early part of the century
helped to promote his career p the first at
the BErn Kunstmuseum in 1916, which displayed
around 100 of his drawings. Four years later
he received exposure ont he other side of the
Atlantic at a show at the Hotel Pennsylvania
in New York in 1920.
* The extraordinary Barthélemy Menn,
a talented painter in his own right, is best
known as a master who knew how to bring out
the best talent in the other painters he taught
and encouraged. Camille Corot called Menn 'notre
maître à tous." Menn's
students in Geneva included the great Swiss
masters Ferdinand Hodler and Edouard Vallet.