Hans Eggimann, the Artist in His Studio – Poster / Print

Hans Eggimann Mein Atelier (My Studio) The artist stands in his studio, next to his printing press, examining a freshly made print. In the background are objects reflecting the Gothic sensibilities of the artist – a gargoyle, a skull smoking a pipe. Hans Eggimann was a Bernese painter, illustrator, engraver, known for his works of satire and political commentary. One of two sons of a hotelier couple who ran the Restaurant Hotel zur Pfistern in Bern near the Zeitglocken clock tower, he grew up in the center of the Swiss capital. As a young man he studied music, architecture and painting at the technical university of Dresden. Later he also studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Eggimann was a cofounder of the monthly Bernese newsletter the “Baerenspiegel” to which he regularly submitted illustrations and later opened a bureau for art and architecture on the Montbijoustrasse. Tragically in the late 1920s, the artist slipped into a deep depression, and on May 29, 1929 he committed suicide by throwing himself off Bern’s Kirchenfeld bridge.

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