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Book release

Cuno Amiet - Retrospektive zum 150. Geburtstag


About the project
About the project

In the catalogue for the exhibition "CUNO AMIET - Retrospektive zum 150. Geburtstag", the exhibition is extensively illuminated - a large number of photographs and exhibition views immerse the viewer in the exhibition. All of the more than 200 exhibited works are catalogued in pictures and text, the artist's biography and other texts on Cuno Amiet are also integrated into the publication.

On the 150th birthday of Cuno Amiet, bromer kunst took the occasion to show the artist and his work in all its aspects and to realize a retrospective, which has never before been realized in this form in a private institution. The result are 206 exhibited works from 77 years of artistic work accompanied by a "walk-in photo album", which also traces Amiet's biography with texts and a multitude of personal objects of the artist. On almost 200 pages, the reader of the catalogue gets a detailed insight into the presentation and the exhibits on display. In addition, interesting information about the artist in words and pictures as well as impressions of the exhibition can be found. 

About artist
Cuno Amiet
Solothurn, CH, 1886 — 1961

As the first Swiss painter to give precedence to colour in composition, Cuno Amiet (*28.3.1868 Solothurn, 6.7.1961 Oschwand) was a pioneer of modern art in Switzerland.

At the age of 15, he painted his first self portrait. After studies with the painter Frank Buchser, 1886–88 Amiet attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he befriended Giovanni Giacometti. In 1888-92 Amiet continued his studies in Paris at the Académie Julian. After this, he joined the Pont-Aven School in 1892, where he learned from Gauguin and Van Gogh, and he came to prefer the use of pure colour to tonal painting. After his return to Switzerland people would reject this innovation. Ferdinand Hodler’s work exerted a great influence on Amiet and lead him to the art nouveau movement. Between 1906 and 1913 he was a consistent member of the expressionist group „Die Brücke“ . Once again he experimented with pure colours. Amiet’s distinct and vast artistic oeuvre focuses particularly on four thematic issues: Garden, harvest and winter scenes as well as portraits.

In 1898 Amiet moved to Oschwand, where his house became a meeting place for artists and writers.

(Photo left: Urs Zaugg, Cuno Amiet in fotografischen Dokumenten, Herzogenbuchsee: Scheibli + Co., 1985)