Lill Tschudi - The Excitement of the Modern Linocut 1930–1950

Scheidegger and Spiess


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Lill Tschudi: The Excitement of the Modern Linocut 1930–1950, edited by the Graphische Sammlung ETH Zurich / ISBN 9783039420575 / 176-page hardcover, 9 x 11.25, just published by Scheidegger and Spiess (Swiss)


The first new book on Swiss artist and printmaker Lill Tschudi in decades.

Lill Tschudi (1911–2004), daughter of a merchant family from the rural Swiss canton of Glarus, moved to London in 1929-30 to educate herself at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art. She flourished in the vibrant imperial capital of the inter-war years and soon gained wide recognition for her bold and often colorful modernist linocuts. She continued her artistic formation during several stays in the equally throbbing Paris in 1930 and 1931. In the Anglo-Saxon world, her reputation as an accomplished printmaker close to the Modernist British Printmaking movement has lasted, and her works continue to fetch good prices at auctions in Britain and Australia. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art holds some 120 of her prints in its permanent collection. Yet in her native Switzerland, she has largely fallen into oblivion.

This book, published to coincide with an exhibition of Lill Tschudi’s work at Graphische Sammlung ETH Zurich in winter 2021–22, is the first major monograph on this outstanding artist. It features previously unpublished material from Tschudi’s archive and from private collections, shedding new light on her life and work, as well as a wide-ranging selection of her colorful linocuts that demonstrates her uniquely dynamic, colorful pictorial world. The essays explore and analyze her choice of topics and artistic process and investigate what made her art so popular abroad. Illuminating and beautifully illustrated, this book is the perfect insight into this extraordinary artist.

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