Diday, François

BORN 10 Feb 1802, Genève - DIED 28 Nov 1871, Genève
GRAVE LOCATION Genève, Genève: Cimetière de Plainpalais, Rue des Rois (C-239)

François Diday came from a modest family. He had drawing lessons with Abraham-Louis-Théodore Constantin-Jetzeler before he studied at the Société des Arts with Wolgang-Adam Toepffer and others. In 1823 he worked in Paris at the studio of Antoine Gros and a small grant enabled him to visit Italy in 1824.

He settled in Geneva and from 1830 onwards he had a studio with numerous pupils. He was famous for his wild and romantic paintings of the Swiss Alps and his pupil Alexandre Calama followed in his footsteps.

In 1842 he received the Légion d'honneur for "Le Lac de Brienz". In Geneva he was member of the Conseil municipal (later Conseil législatif) and left part of his fortune to the city (la Fondation Diday).

Related persons
• was teacher of Calame, Alexandre


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


• Rossel, Patrice, Une visite du cimetière de Plainpalais, Les Iles Futures, 1994
Wikipedia (DE)

Diederichs, Eugen

Published: 20 Jun 2008
Last update: 16 May 2020