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Making generalizations about the visual culture of any group of people is a crude endeavor, especially with a culture as diverse as that of the Swiss. With this thought in mind, know that this survey, as any must be, is tremendously limited in its breadth and depth.

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see thumbnail to leftGermany / Switzerland, upper Rhenish (Strasbourg), The Queen of Sheba before King Solomon, 1490-1500, tapestry with linen warp, wool, linen, and metallic wefts, 31 x 40 inches (80 x 101.6 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See German art.

 

 

Karl von Egeri (?) (Switzerland, Zurich), Panel with Arms and View of the Town of Konstanz, 1538-1540, colored and painted glass, lead, 48.2 x 44 cm, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. See stained glass.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to rightKarl von Egeri (?) (Switzerland, Zurich), Stained Glass of the Standard Bearer of the Landsknecht, 1551, colored and painted glass, lead, 49.5 x 38.5 cm, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to leftHenry Fuseli (Johann Heinrich Füssli) (Swiss, 1741-1825), The Night-Hag Visiting Lapland Witches, 1796, oil on canvas, 40 x 49 3/4 inches (101.6 x 126.4 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See Romanticism.

 

 

 

 

see thumbnail to rightAngelica Kauffmann (Swiss, 1741-1807), Portrait of a Lady, c. 1795, oil on canvas, 79.2 x 63.5 cm, Tate Gallery, London. See feminism and feminist art and Neoclassicism.

 

 

see thumbnail to leftArnold Böcklin (Swiss, 1827-1901), The Island of the Dead, 1883, oil on wood panel, 80 x 150 cm, Nationalgalerie, Berlin. See Romanticism and Symbolism.

 

 

Paul Klee (Swiss, born Germany , 1879-1940), Birds Making Scientific Experiments in Sex, 1915, pen and black ink, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory U, Atlanta, GA. See Bauhaus and drawing.

 

 

see thumbnail to leftPaul Klee, Temple Gardens, 1920, gouache and traces of ink on paper, 7 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches (18.4 x 26.7 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

 

 

see thumbnail to rightPaul Klee, Around the Fish (Um den Fisch), 1926, oil on canvas, 18 3/8 x 25 1/8 inches (46.7 x 63.8 cm), Museum of Modern Art, NY.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to leftPaul Klee, Pfeil im Garten (Arrow in the Garden), 1929, oil and tempera on canvas, 70 x 50.2 cm, Georges Pompidou Center, Paris.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to leftPaul Klee, Rhythmisches (In Rhythm), 1930, oil on woven jute, 69.6 x 50.5 cm, Georges Pompidou Center, Paris. See rhythm.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to rightPaul Klee, Castle Garden (Schlossgarten), 1931, oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 21 5/8 inches (67.2 x 54.9 cm), Museum of Modern Art, NY.

 

 

Ferdinand Hodler (Swiss, 1853-1918), Study for Day, c. 1898-99, oil on canvas, 106 x 100 cm (42 x 39 1/2 inches), Detroit Institute of Arts, MI. See Art Nouveau.

 

 

see thumbnail to rightFerdinand Hodler, Day II (Der Tag. 2. Fassung), 1904 / 06, oil on canvas, 163 x 358 cm, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland.

 

 

see thumbnail to leftFerdinand Hodler, Der Niesen, 1910, oil on canvas, 83 x 105.5 cm, Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland. See landscape.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to rightJohannes Itten (Swiss, 1888-1967), Space Composition, I (Raum Komposition I), 1944, oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches (65.1 x 50.1 cm), Museum of Modern Art, NY. See Bauhaus.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to leftJohannes Itten, Space Composition, II (Raum Komposition II), 1944, oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches (65.1 x 49.7 cm), Museum of Modern Art, NY.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to rightSophie Taeuber-Arp (Swiss, 1889-1943; to France 1928), Composition of Circles and Overlapping Angles (Composition à cercles et à bras superposés), 1930, oil on canvas, 19 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches (49.5 x 64.1 cm), Museum of Modern Art, NY. See feminism and feminist art, pattern, and rhythm.

 

 

 

 

see thumbnail to leftSophie Taeuber-Arp, Echelonnement désaxé, 1934, gouache on paper, 13 7/8 X 10 5/8 inches (35.1 X 27 cm), Museum of Modern Art, NY.

 

 

Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901-1966), The Nose, 1947, plaster on metal, suspended by synthetic string within a metal structure, 81.5 x 66 x 36.7 cm, Georges Pompidou Center, Paris. See Surrealism.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to rightAlberto Giacometti, Jean Genet, 1954-1955, oil on canvas, 73 x 60 cm, Georges Pompidou Center, Paris. See portrait.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to leftMeret Oppenheim (Swiss, born Berlin, 1913-1985), Red Head, Blue Body, 1936, oil on canvas, 31 5/8 x 31 5/8 inches (80.2 x 80.3 cm), Museum of Modern Art, NY. See feminism and feminist art and Surrealism.

 

 

Jean Tinguely (Swiss, 1925-1991). See kinetic.

 

 

 

 

see thumbnail to rightDaniel Spoerri (Swiss, 1930-), Prose Poems, 1959-60, mixed media on wood, 27 1/.8 x 21 3/.8 x 14 1/4 inches (69.0 x 54.2 x 36.1 cm), Tate Gallery, London — an actual meal as abandoned on a board. See Fluxus, rhopography, and ontbijt.

 

 

 

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