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 Arthur Hurni  (1903 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: Italy/Switzerland      Known for: post-impressionist painting, acting

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Arthur Hurni (Swiss/Italian 1903-?). 

Arthur Hurni starting his career as an actor who played supporting roles in the following films:

1.Angel (1937) (uncredited) .... Second Taxi Driver
2.This Way Please (1937) (uncredited) .... Native Aide
3.I Met Him in Paris (1937) (uncredited) .... Hotel Clerk
4.L'athlète incomplet (1932)
5.Échec au roi (1931) .... Carpoff
6.L'énigmatique Monsieur Parkes (1930)
... aka Mysterious Mr. Parkes
7.Le spectre vert (1930)
8.The Love of Zero (1927)
9.The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923/I) (uncredited)

While unclear where he was trained in painting and how he came to become an artist, it is suspected that this decision was made while he was in Tahiti during WWII.  We know from his works that he was there throughout the 1940's before returning to Europe and possibly residing in San Diego where a large body of his exhibited works was recently discovered. 
Arthur Hurni's naive style was heavily influenced by Paul Gauguin whose post impressionist Tahitian scenes he must have encountered frequently during his stay there.   Hurni's use of primary colors and unorthodox staging of his subject matter brings a freshness to the genre that sets him apart from others who would simply imitate Gauguin's approach. 

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