Ernest Biéler

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1911 portrait of a young woman

Ernest Biéler (July 31, 1863 in Rolle, Switzerland- June 25, 1948 in Lausanne) was a multi-talented Swiss painter, draughtsman and printmaker. He worked in oil, tempera, watercolour, gouache, ink, charcoal, pastels, acrylic and pencil. He also created mosaics and stained glass windows.[1]


After completing his education in Lausanne, he studied at the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1900, he received the silver medal of the Exposition Universelle of Paris. He founded with Raphaël Ritz, Edouard Vallet and others, the Ecole of Savièse.[2] He was made a Knight of the Légion d'honneur.[3]

Although he travelled widely, he remained attached to Savièse and often depicted scenes of peasant life with a remarkable degree of detail. Bieler also produced stained glass windows for the church and the federal building in Bern, and decorated a ceiling for the City Theatre in Berne.

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  • James Bolivar Manson (1936). Ernest Biéler : peintre suisse. Lausanne: Éditions La Concorde. OCLC 5321583.
  • Maurice Jean-Petit-Matile (1976). Ernest Biéler. Lutry: Éditions Marendaz. OCLC 3327466.
  • Ernest Biéler. Kunsthalle Bern. 7 mai bis 12 juni 1938. Bern: Druck von Büchler. 1938. OCLC 25899445.
  • Ernest Bieler (Swiss, 1863-1948). Biography & picture
  • Ernest Bieler (Swiss, 1863-1948). Watercolor portraits