Albert Manser

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Albert Manser (born December 30, 1937 in Appenzell ; † January 12, 2011 ) was a Swiss painter and representative of Appenzell peasant painting .


Albert Manser grew up on a farm in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden and began drawing at an early age. After a three-year apprenticeship as a pastry chef in St. Gallen , he applied his artistry in the production and decoration of artistic sweets in various well-known pastry shops. In his free time he began to paint pictures of rural life in his native Appenzell.

In 1967 Ida Niggli encouraged him to switch entirely to the profession of painter. Since then he has exhibited his pictures worldwide. Manser is considered one of the most important representatives of naive art . In the New York Times he was compared to the famous naive artist Grandma Moses (1860–1961) at an exhibition in the USA .

He also became known through his children's books Albertli and Barbara , which were translated into English and French.

In 2010 Manser received the Innerrhoder Culture Prize, the highest cultural award. The award was actually only planned for 2011, but it was brought forward due to his serious illness.


  • Josef Küng: Monograph Albert Manser , Sulgen 1995

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  1. Appenzell country painter Albert Manser died in: Tages-Anzeiger from January 17, 2011
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