Hans Erni

Hans Erni was a Swiss painter, designer and sculptor whose career spanned seven decades. Born in Lucerne, he attended the School of Arts and Crafts between 1927 and 1928. He spent the next few years traveling throughout Europe, staying briefly in Berlin before arriving in Paris, where he met Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) and Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963), both of whom greatly influenced his work. Upon returning to Switzerland, Erni co-founded Allianz, a group of Swiss-based abstract artists.

Though his work encompassed a broad range of styles, Erni was best known for his postage stamp illustrations, lithographs for the Swiss Red Cross, and participation on the Olympic Committee. Today, his work is mainly housed in The Hans Erni Museum, located on the grounds of the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne.


Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Ateneum Art Museum - Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, FInland

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, East Logan, UT

MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY