Tour de Suisse

Lill Tschudi Swiss

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Tschudi studied at the Grosvenor School as well as in Paris with artists such as Fernand Léger and the Italian Futurist Gino Severini, both of whom influenced her desire to use repetitive geometric forms and portray movement in her art. The Tour de Suisse, a bicycle race begun in 1933, required cyclists to travel the narrow and vertiginous Klausen Pass, located in the mountains near where Tschudi lived. By compressing the riders and emphasizing the undulating Alpine path they navigate, she depicted the physical endurance and strength necessary for this endeavor rather than speed. A decorative border mirrors the interior patterns; it likely refers to the artist’s plan to print the image on fabric and marks the print as a rare example from the edition.

Tour de Suisse, Lill Tschudi (Swiss, Schwanden 1911–2004 Schwanden), Linocut on Japanese paper

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