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Cuno Amiet (Swiss, 1868–1961)
LOT ID: 65323
Kopfstudie, 1908

Pastel, chalk with white heightening on board
9.84 х 9.84 in. (24.99 x 24.99 cm.)
Signed, initialed and dated on recto. Titled and dated on verso.
Lot description
Cuno Amiet
Kopfstudie, 1908
Chalk on cardboard
9.84 x 9.84 inches (25 x 25 cm)
Initialed and dated on recto; titled and dated on verso

Giving color precedence over the naturalistic execution of subject matter, Swiss artist Cuno Amiet (1868-1961) was a frontrunner of the modern art movement in Switzerland. A member of the the Pont-Aven school, Amiet was the first artist to introduce Post-Impressionism to Switzerland, creating painterly compositions that emphasized color. After studying at the Munich Academy in Berlin from 1886-1888, Amiet met Giovanni Giacometti, and together the two traveled to Paris to study at the Academi Julian from 1888-1891. During this time Amiet came in contact with members of the Gauguin school, and was deeply influenced by Gaugin's simplified, color-rich forms. Returning to Switzerland in 1893, Amiet focused his attentions on the Swiss countryside, yet he is also known for creating nearly 1,000 self-portraits. His works are in the permanent collections of museums across the world, including the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, the Kunstmuseum Basel in Switzerland, and the Tate Gallery in London.
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