Louis Soutter

1871 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Louis Soutter is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in Switzerland, like other well-known artists such as Ludwig Stocker, Louise Bonnet, Paolo Mazzuchelli, Philippe Schwinger, and Jean-Luc Manz. Louis Soutter was born in 1871.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Louis Soutter is represented and exhibited by two galleries, which are Galerie Karsten Greve | Paris in France and Galerie Karsten Greve | Cologne in Germany. Louis Soutter most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Knoell in Basel with the exhibition RESONANZEN. The exhibition was open from 04 June 2019 until 19 July 2019.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most significant Swiss contribution to the development of Modernism was the formation of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. Its initial members included Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Emmy Hennings, and Marcel Janco. Their headquarters, the Cabaret Voltaire, quickly became an significant hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a refuge from political uncertainty elsewhere in Europe. Prior to that, Switzerland had produced some quirky and extraordinary artists in the Post-Impressionist era of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another essential movement that can be attributed to a Swiss artist was the ‘International Style’ of modernist architecture, pioneered by Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier may have become a French citizen in 1930, but he was born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in the Neuchâtel canton of Switzerland in 1887. Indeed, his first autonomous projects were realized in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for affluent local clients. Key Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Louis Soutter

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