Cuno Amiet

Born in Solothurn in 1868, Cuno Amiet dedicated his entire life to art. Today, he is considered a pioneer of modernism in Swiss art. 


In 1906, he was the only Swiss painter to become a member of the influential group of German expressionist artists known as Die Brücke (The Bridge), which included Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl and Emil Nolde, among others. Together with Ferdinand Hodler, Giovanni Giacometti and Giovanni Segantini, he is regarded as one of the most important Swiss artists. His works have featured in international exhibitions alongside Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Henri Matisse, Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel as well as his great role model, Vincent Van Gogh. 


From 1918, Cuno Amiet was appointed “Peintre Officiel” of Switzerland and a culturally unifying figure far beyond the circle of those interested in art. The hamlet of Oschwand, where he lived and worked for 63 years, became a well-known meeting place for the international art scene. Cuno Amiet died in Oschwand in 1961 at the age of 93.


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