20th CenturyArt DecoFine ArtSwissWoodcut

Fritz Urban Welti Gottfried Keller quotation on the Doorway to Paradise

Illustration of a quotation from Gottfried Keller by Fritz Urban Welti.  “A person will walk right past the open gate to the garden of paradise without a second look and will first grow sad when he discovers that the gate has been closed.”  – An einem offenen Pardisegartentur geht der Mensch gleichgultig vorueber und wird erst traurig wenn es verschlossen ist.”
Dimensions: Sheet 13 x 21 cm
Woodblock / Woodcut print on Japan Paper

This woodcut is one of a series commissioned as “New Year’s Prints” (Neujahrsblatter) by the Welti family transport business, Welti-Furrer, of which Fritz Urban’s grandfather was a founder.

Fritz Urban Welti

Zurich 1901 - Zollikon 1974

Fritz Urban Welti was a painter and a master of the woodcut print. He was born in Zurich in 1901 and died in Zollikon near Zurich in 1974. He studied in Cologne, Vienna and Paris and was well known for his book illustrations. He was the nephew of the famous Swiss symbolist artist Albert Welti.

The Woodcuts on this page were executed as commissions for the Welti family transport business, Welti-Furrer, of which Fritz Urban's grandfather was a founder.

There is a very old tradition in Switzerland that companies and societies give a print ((Neujahrsblatt) to their clients and associates at New Years. Welti created these "New Years Print " engravings for the company beginning in the early 1930s. In some years a second card was also created that could be used as a birthday card for clients.

We are pleased to be able to offer signed limited editions, handprinted by the artist, of some of the woodblock prints below.