Town Hall Brass Band – 3 Rathausblaeser by Fritz Pauli
In this limited edition etching dated 1960, Fritz Pauli celebrates the tradition of the Town Hall brass band (Rathausblaeser – or Town Hall Blowers). Three hornplayers with a trumpet, trombone and perhaps a tuba stand ready for the cue to play.
Also known as: Fritz Eduard Pauli
Born in Bern the son of a banker, Fritz Eduard Pauli developed an early interest in engraving and printmaking and was invited by the renowned artist Albert Welti to become his pupil. In Welti’s house in Bern, Pauli got to know some of the leading Swiss artistic figures of his time, including Paul Klee, Hermann Hesse and the composer Othmar Schoeck. Thanks to an introduction by Welti, Pauli was accepted into the classes of the talented engraver Peter Halm at the Kunstakademie München. In 1913 he opened an artist’s studio in Munich. Pauli traveled extensively during his lifetime, up until he eventually settled longer term in Cavigliano in the hills above Locarno in the Swiss Italian region Ticino. In his artistic life, he was closely allied with his friends Johann Robert Schürch and Ignaz Epper and with the writer Jakob Bührer.
Pauli’s early work was influenced by German expressionism, especially following a stay in Davos in the 1920s where got to know Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Fritz Eduard Pauli is considered one of Switzerland’s leading expressionists, but his unique style also places him, especially after the move to Cavigliano, within the broad concept of magic realism.