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Wolfgang Adam Topffer

 (1766 - 1847)
Wolfgang Adam Topffer was active/lived in Switzerland, France.  Wolfgang Topffer is known for watercolor landscape, figure, genre painting, engraving.

Wolfgang Adam Topffer

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Wolfgang-Adam Toepffen (20 May 1766- 10 August1847) specialized in landscapes and watercolors. He was the son of master tailor from Schweinfurt, Germany, who had come to work in Switzerland, and decided to stay and become a citizen.

After showing some talent for art, at the age of 14, he was apprenticed to an engraver, and late studied at the ‘Geneva Society of Arts’. He worked as an engraver in Lausanne for a short time, and then went on an Alpine expedition with Horace-Benedict de Saussure making sketches.

In 1786, members of the Society, impressed with his work, recommended that he go and study in Paris, and offered a scholarship. He attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he studied with Nicolas Delauney (1739-1792), and learned watercolor technique from Jean-Thomas Thibault.

He returned to Geneva in 1789, where he continued to paint. In 1812, he won a gold medal at the Exposition du Louvre in France. He was one of the first Swiss artists to embrace Pierre Henri de Valenciennes’ maxium for plein-air landscape painting.

His son, Rodolphe Topffer, who is sometimes called the “Father of the Comic Book.

Submitted by Dick Duff

Biography from Dorotheum, Vienna
Trained as a landscape and genre painter, Wolfgang Adam Töpffer began his artistic career as a typographer and engraver in Lausanne. He later worked in Paris where he increasingly dedicated himself to watercolors. He was awarded the Gold Medal at the Paris Salon of 1812 for his artistic achievements.

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About  Wolfgang Adam Topffer

Born:  1766 - Geneva, Switzerland
Died:   1847 - Morillon
Known for:  watercolor landscape, figure, genre painting, engraving