Lill Tschudi (1911-2001) was a prominent figure in the Grosvenor School and is known primarily for her color linocut work. Her early work is informed by The Grosvenor School and Claude Flight, employing his formal language to her linocuts and multicolored printing. She later focused on sporting themes as her subjects, often depicting men at work and represented Swiss rural life. After 1945, her style shifted to abstraction.
Mary Ryan Gallery is the primary American gallery involved in promoting Grosvenor school linocuts and featured solo exhibitions of Tschudi’s prints in the 1980s. The gallery placed several of her works, as well as those by fellow Grosvenor school artists, in private and museum collections. Her work was also the subject of group shows at the gallery in 2001 and 2008.
Tschudi was born in the village of Schwanden, a mountainous region in eastern Switzerland known for its textile industry. She attended The Grosvenor School briefly from 1929-1930. She later studied under Cubist artist André Lhote, Futurist artist Gino Severini at the Academie Ronson, and Fernand Léger at the Academie Moderne. In 1935, she returned to her hometown and continued to produce linocuts. She completed more than 355 linocuts over the course of her career.
Tschudi’s work is held in major print collections around the world. She was featured extensively in “Machine Age: Rhythms of Modern Life, 1914-1939,” which was held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Tschudi’s prints are included in the important monograph, “Linocuts of the Machine Age” by Stephen Coppel and in “Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints, 1914-1939″ published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2008 in conjunction with an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.