by Albert Welti
(Zurich 1862-1912 Bern): Swiss Artist
famous for his fantastic depiction of dreams,
nightmares and symbolist allegory. In the
collections of major Swiss museums and the
subject of several books, Welti's work was
recently featured in the exhibit "1900,
Symbolism and Art Nouveau in Swiss Painting"
in the city of Sion.
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 Engraving with Peter Halm, the
Bernese artist. The last year's 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 the author 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 works.
Hermann Hesse wrote
Quellen seiner Meisterschaft waren eine starke,
eigenwillige, aus tiefen Seelengründen
genährte Phantasie und ein altmeisterlicher
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. "
in the Plate