Albert Welti - Engravings
Swiss Artist famous for his fantastic depiction
of dreams, nightmares and symbolist allegory.
Albert Welti's work is in the collections of
major Swiss museums and the subject of several
books and was recently featured in the exhibit
"1900, Symbolism and Art Nouveau in Swiss
Painting" in the city of Sion.
After studying photography in Lausanne, Albert
Welti traveled to Munich to study at the Munich
Academy of Art. Following a stay in Venice, he
became a student of one of Switzerland's most
original 19th Century artists, Arnold Boecklin.
Boecklin, master of a magical world of nymphs
and satyrs, had a profound influence on Welti.
Latter Welti studied the art of engraving with
Peter Halm, the Bernese artist. The last years
of his life were dedicated to painting the Salle
du Conseil des Etats (Ständeratssaals) in
the Swiss Parliament in Berne.
Welti was a very close friend of Hermann Hesse,
author of Siddartha and Steppenwolf. Their friendship
dated to their time together in Munich. Following
Welti's death in 1921, Hesse and his family moved
into the Welti's house in Bern, Switzerland and
it was there that Hesse wrote many of his later
Hermann Hesse wrote of Welti::
"Die beiden Quellen seiner Meisterschaft
waren eine starke, eigenwillige, aus tiefen
Seelengründen genährte Phantasie und
ein altmeisterlicher Formwille."
Loose translation: "The two sources of
his mastery were a strong, independent fantasy
nurtured from the depths of his soul and a sense
of shape akin to that of the old masters. "