Lill Tschudi, ‘Jazz Band’, 1930, Redfern Gallery Ltd.

From 3 blocks (printed in: cobalt blue, pink and yellow) on thin white mulberry paper. Annotated in pencil ‘Handdruck’ in image upper left. Titled in German ‘Jass Band’ in pencil in lower right margin and verso.

Signature: Signed and numbered 15 from the edition of 50 impressions in pencil in image upper right.

Coppel LT 6

About Lill Tschudi

In colorful prints, Lill Tschudi depicted the speed of modern life in Europe between the world wars, focusing on workers, athletes, and the new forms of transportation reshaping city life, such as the subway. The Swiss artist’s energetic, almost kaleidoscopic style resembled the dynamism of the Futurist artist Gino Severini, as well as the flat geometry of Fernand Léger, both of whom she studied with in the 1930s. Her adoption of the linocut printing technique stems from an early education at Britain’s Grosvenor School of Modern Art, a short-lived institution that promoted linocut printmaking as the ideal medium for the Machine Age. After serving with the Women’s Aid Service during World War II, Tschudi resumed her artistic practice, but began to work almost exclusively in a new gestural and abstract style.

Swiss, 1911-2004, Schwanden, Switzerland