Calame, Alexandre

BORN 28 May 1810, Corsier-sur-Vevey - DIED 19 Mar 1864, Menton, Alpes-Maritimes
GRAVE LOCATION Genève, Genève: Cimetière de Plainpalais, Rue des Rois (F-603)

Swiss painter famous for his mountain landscapes. After his father, a marble worker from Vevey, lost his fortune he was forced to enter banking when he was fifteen years old. In his spare time he started draw. In 1829 his brother, the banker Diodati, enabled him to study with the painter F. Diday.

From 1835 onwards he sent his work to exhibitions in Paris and Berlin and soon it became popular. In 1842 he went to himself Paris to exhibit his paintings. In 1844 he went to Italy, where drew Italian nature. In 1850 he visited London. In his studio he gave drawing lessons to a huge number of young artists.

Related persons
• was teacher of Avondo, Vittorio
• was teacher of Böcklin, Arnold
• was pupil of Diday, François
• was written about by Rambert, Eugène


The grave of Alexandre Calame at the Cimetière de Plainpalais, Genève.
Picture by Androom (06 Dec 2007)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Calder, Alexander

Published: 07 Jun 2008
Last update: 16 May 2020