Swiss painter Albert Anker was born on April 1, 1831 in Ins, Switzerland. His depiction of Swiss village life has made him a one of Switzerland's most celebrated artists. In his young life he studied art and on a trip to Germany saw some of the Country's national treasure and was inspired to become a professional artist. Anker received his arts education at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris among others. During his lifetime Anker was very popular and frequently exhibited in Paris and Switzerland. Anker's portraits are his best work. “Mädchen, die Haare flechtend” was painted in 1887. In 1901 Anker suffered a stroke and his work output was affected until his death in 1910.