Swiss painter / 1907-80 / schooling in Wattwil and St. Gallen / 1929-35 studied philosophy, art and literature history in Zurich, Paris, Berlin / from 1935 return to Wattwil, marriage with a pastor’s daughter, three children, work as an artist / 20 public commissions, 30 exhibitions, 25 publications / 1929-35 Expressionism, from 1932 Realism and social criticism in the style of New Objectivity / picture cycles: 1929 Gottlose, 1936 Kleine Passion, 1944 Grosse Passion / 1970 Rembrandt Prize, 1972 honorary doctorate in theology from the University of Bern