Gestures, posture and facial expressions masterfully express complex emotions in Eugene Burnand’s “The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection.” A Swiss painter, Burnand (1850 – 1921) portrayed John, Jesus’ favorite disciple, and Peter, the Church head, rushing to witness Jesus rising from his tomb on Easter morning. Originally a student of art in Geneva, Burnand moved to Paris, where he mainly painted landscapes. This nuanced artwork was Burnand’s most famous piece. Highly influenced by Realism, it is displayed in Paris’ Musée d’Orsay.
Swiss painter Eugene Burnand (1850 – 1951) masterfully created expressive, insightful artworks. He initially studied art in Geneva, and later moved to Paris, where he chiefly painted landscapes. Burnand was strongly inspired by Realism, which is evident in his most famous work, “The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection.” This extraordinary artwork currently hangs in Paris’ Musée d’Orsay.