A Swiss Painter Comes to Light

A recent exhibition of paintings at the Dounan Art Museum in Kunming, China, has shed new light on the previously underrecognized Swiss painter, Julius Voegtli (1879-1944). The exhibition was the result of a continued multi-cultural exchange program between Kunming and Zurich, its official sister-city. Trained in traditional 19th century academic schools, Voegtli would later embrace the modernist trends of his day, producing colorful, vivid portraits, landscapes, and still life paintings similar to that of Cezanne, Pissarro, and Renoir, often working in pastel, watercolor and oil (see fig. 1 left). The son of a country doctor, Julius Voegtli was born on March 29, 1879 in Malters, a rural ag