Eugène Burnand was born on August 20, 1850 in the Swiss municipality of Moudon in the canton of Vaud. At first he received artistic instruction at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva under the tutelage of Barthélemy Menn, a Swiss painter and draftsman who introduced the concept of plein-aire painting to Swiss artists. In 1872 he moved to Paris to study in the atelier of the academic painter Jean-Léon Gérome. At this time Burnand was best known for his landscapes. During this time spent in Paris Burnand was very much influenced by both the realistic and naturalistic tendencies of such artists as Jean-François Millet and Gustave Courbet. He died in Paris on February 4, 1921.
Museums and Public Collections
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Louvre Museum, Paris
Fine Art Museums of San Francisco
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Museum of Fine Arts, Bern