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Benjamin Netter was born on March 23, 1811 in Strasbourg, from Leopold Netter, owner of a cabaret, and Therese Beck. He was 6 or 7 years old when his family left Strasbourg to settle in Paris. There he became a pupil of Léon Cogniet at the famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts, painting section. He regularly exhibited at the prestigious Salon de l'Academie de peinture in Paris from 1842 to 1881. To honor its origins, he accepted to exhibit in 1866 at the Societe des Amis des Arts de Strasbourg.

His work is almost exclusively made of landscapes, particularly mountain sceneries. To find his inspiration, he traveled especially in Italy and Switzerland. His paintings have been very successful abroad, and were particularly popular with German and American collectors.

Benjamin Netter died on November 30, 1889 in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, 34 avenue de Saint-Mandé, at home.

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