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Oscar Wilhelm Lüthy (Oskar Wilhelm Lüthy) studied architecture at the School of
Applied Arts, Bern, Switzerland, and lived from 1903 to 1907 in the Canton
of Valais. There he made his first attempts at painting, which was the plein
aire method. Then he went temporarily to
Munich for private painting classes with Hans Lietzmann, and came into
contact with religious painting.
In 1911 he founded a modernist organization, The Artist Group, with Jean Arp
and Walter Helbig in Weggis, and with that Group, participated in three exhibitions until
1913, including in 1912 the Kunsthaus
After studying in Italy and Paris, he settled in Zurich.
From 1918 to 1920 he participated in exhibitions with the Basel
Artists Association "New Life". In 1920 he signed the Dadaistenmanifest.
Through his friendship with the painter Otto Meyer-Amden, he turned
increasingly to anthroposophy and to Christian
In 1925, the Dresden City Museum acquired his painting Madonna. The work was supported by the National
Socialists and was exhibited in Dresden in 1933 at the Degenerate Art Show exhibition in the courtyard of the Dresden
New Town Hall and then traveled to eight other German cities. In 1937 the painting hung in Lüthy in Munich at the great exhibition of the same on the
south wall in Room 1, along with pictures of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and
His further fate is unknown. Lüthy
received numerous commissions in Switzerland from religious
institutions; his last great work was the altarpiece for the church of
Christ in Oerlikon (1941-1942).
Submitted by George A. Lee
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