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Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert (September 18, 1865 – February 11, 1926) was a German painter, author and illustrator, who specialized in animal images.
Professional life After end of his technical-commercial apprenticeship at the age of 17, Kuhnert was a scholarship student Royal Academic College of Fine Arts from 1883 to 1887. From his home in Berlin, he embarked on travels to Scandinavia, Egypt, East Africa and India to make landscape and animal studies. His favorite motif was the African lion. In 1901 Kuhnert was the illustrator of zoologist Johann Wilhelm Haacke's book Animal Life of the Earth. In 1903, he became the illustrator for the Cologne chocolate producers Ludwig Stollwerck Contrary to the practice of his peers, Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert distinguished himself by sketching tropical animals not zoos but in the wild. He has made pictures by sketching, etching, watercolor, and oil painting. Kuhnert is considered one of the most important German animal painters of his time. Since he was only painter and illustrator, but not a hunter, he often took heavy effort in the wild to track down his subjects.
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