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Fritz Rudolf Hug

 (1921 - 1989)
Fritz Rudolf Hug was active/lived in Switzerland, Italy.  Fritz Hug is known for animal, landscape, cityscapes, figure and interior painting.

Fritz Rudolf Hug

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Fritz Hug (born March 19, 1921 in Dornach, Germany, January 29, 1989 in Speichererschwendi) was a Swiss painter. He created lithographs, posters, mosaics and murals beside his main work, consisting of numerous oil paintings. Together with his wife, Margrit Hug, he also created three books on biblical themes, which were translated into several languages. Hug became known as a "painter of animals".

Fritz Hug was born on March 19, 1921 in Dornach as the second-oldest of five children. He spent his childhood in Java, where his father worked as an engineer for a railway company. Back in Switzerland, he spent the remaining years of youth in Thalwil. Earlier Hug was enthusiastic about the visual arts. In 1935/36 he attended Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich. He broke off an apprenticeship as a gravure retoucher at the Zürcher Fachschriften-Verlag in 16 years. After the recruiting school he began to devote himself seriously to painting in 1940.

Already at the age of 20, Hug was able to open his first exhibition with the support of the Zurich art dealer Léon Bollag in 1941. He showed landscapes, cities, people and interiors. His teaching and traveling years led him to southern France in 1942/43. A second exhibition followed in 1943. Later he traveled to Morocco, Italy and finally Lambaréné (Gabon). There, he painted landscapes, animals and people from the environment of the tropicalist Albert Schweitzer in 1950/51. Back in Zurich, exhibitions were held in various galleries in Switzerland.

After a first marriage with Elli Marie Käslin, Fritz Hug married the journalist and writer Margrit Schürmann in his second marriage in 1951. They had three children. In 1957, the family moved into a house in Zurich, where from then on the family apartment as well as the artist's studio were located. In later years, Hug opened his own gallery in the same building.

For the hunting pavilion of the Expo64, Hug created a large wall painting Die Schweizer Fauna in 1964. In 1967, he exhibited cityscapes at the Tryon Gallery in London, but at that time he began to concentrate more and more on animal painting.

In the same year, WWF asked Hug to paint around 100 animals threatened with extinction, a work that required both artistic skills and zoological knowledge. Fritz Hug temporarily withdrew into the silence of a small village in Zurich, in order to place himself at the service of this new task. This was the first hundred animals that Hug showed in the Helmhaus Zurich in September 1970. This exhibition was followed by another: 1973 at the "Museum of Science" in Boston and 1979 again at the Helmhaus Zurich at the 50th anniversary of the Zurich Zoo.

Fritz Hug died after a short, severe illness on January 29, 1989. In his life, the preservation of the animals and their natural environment was of great importance to him. His great project of painting all Swiss bird species for the 700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation could not be completed.

"Fritz Rudolf Hug," Wikipedia, Google Translate, Jun. 2017

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About  Fritz Rudolf Hug

Born:  1921 - Dornach, Switzerland
Died:   1989 - Zurich, Switzerland
Known for:  animal, landscape, cityscapes, figure and interior painting