Cuno Amiet

Cuno Amiet (1868 - 1961) was a Swiss painter, illustrator, graphic artist and sculptor. As the first Swiss painter to give precedence to colour in composition, he was a pioneer of modern art in Switzerland. After finishing school he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and continued his training with his friend Giovanni Giacometti at the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1892 he travelled to the village of Pont-Aven in Brittany. Inspired by Paul Gauguin, Paul Sérusier, Roderic O’Conor, Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh he dropped tone-on-tone academic painting for Divisionism, using colour as his primary means of expression.