(February 21, 1909 – March 21, 2015)
Daphne et Apollon
Lithograph, hand signed in the lower right margin, numbered 89/100
The nymph Daphne was Apollo’s first love, but she had determined never to marry any man. Apollo pursued her, and as she fled, she prayed to her the River God Peneus, to rescue her, and was transformed into a laurel tree even as Apollo tried to embrace her.
Dimensions: 58.5 X 47
Hans Erni is one of Switzerland’s best known and best loved Swiss modern artists. His work spans the media of painting, sculpture, ceramic, and tapestries, but he is perhaps best known for his beautiful color lithographs. Throughout his life, Erni has remained a great admirer of Picasso and his use of line and classical images recall the spirit of Picasso’s early work.
The Hans Erni Museum in his native Lucerne is dedicated to his work.
Erni is listed in major art references including the Grove Dictionary of Art and the Benezit.