Swiss painter and linocut artist, Lill Tschudi was born in 1911. Her interest in the art of linocut was brought about by seeing the work of Norbertine Bresslern-Roth. She studied with Claude Flight at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art from 1920 to 1930 and in Paris with Andre Lhote, Gino Severini and Fernand Leger.
Some of Tschudi’s prints are typical Grosvenor School subjects: “Sticking Up Posters” (1933) and “London Buses” (1935) and others show Swiss scenes: “Knaben mit Skis” (c1935) and “Swiss Parliament” (c1935). Tschudi makes references to her Swiss homeland in her sporting prints. Some obvious examples include the winter sports of ski-jumping, skiing and sledding.
Tschudi found her place as an artist very quickly, having completed twenty-five linocuts, only two years after leaving the Grosvenor School. Claude Flight included her linocut “Fixing the Wires” in his 1934 textbook, “The Art and Craft of Linocutting and Printing”. Between 1930 and 1939, she produced some sixty-five prints, many of which were first shown in London.
Throughout the 1930s, Tschudi enjoyed greater recognition in England than in her native country, however in 1986, she was awarded the National Print Prize for her lifetime achievements in linocut.