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Ernst Geiger

Turgi, 1876 — 1965

Ernst Samuel Geiger (1876, Turgi – 1965, Villeneuve) attended the Alte Kantonsschule Aarau from 1892 to 1896, a fellow student of Albert Einstein at the time, where he took drawing lessons. Later, he began studying forestry at the ETH Zurich and obtained a doctorate from the University of Zurich in 1900. In 1904, he was a founding member of the Aarau section of the Society of Swiss Painters and Sculptors (GSMBA).
Through contact with Cuno Amiet Geiger was familiarized with the woodcut technique. After some successful exhibitions, he decided to pursue a career as an artist in 1906. He became the central secretary of the Swiss Society of Artists, whose president at the time was Ferdinand Hodler. In 1911, Geiger received a Swiss art grant and moved to the Kapf north of Twann, creating numerous lakeside landscapes that made him famous throughout Switzerland. In 1918, Geiger settled down with his family in Ligerz, where his nephew Max Bill often visited him. Geiger left more than 2,000 paintings and watercolours behind, selected works revealing stylistic similarities to Ferdinand Hodler, Giovanni Giacometti, and Cuno Amiet.