Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert (September 18, 1865 – February 11, 1926) was a German painter, author and illustrator, who specialized in animal images. After the end of his technical-commercial apprenticeship at the age of 17, Kuhnert studied at the Berlin University of the Arts from 1883 to 1887. He went on to travel to Scandinavia, Egypt, East Africa and India to make landscape and animal studies, including his favorite subject: the African lion.
Contrary to the practice of his peers, Kuhnert distinguished himself by sketching tropical animals in the wild, not in zoos. He made pictures by sketching, etching, watercolor, and oil painting. Kuhnert is considered one of the most important German animal painters of his time. Kuhnert was a keen and skilled hunter himself; he returned to Africa year after year in the hunt for both game and subjects for his art.