Those who think that Saanenland and the Pays-d'Enhaut are the cradle of paper cutting, can see something quite different in the museum of Château-d'Oex:
A lovely special exhibition has about fifty paper cuts on display, produced before the heyday of the paper cutting in our region in Geneva. These are mostly idyllic, romantic, black or white landscape scenes, but also historical and religious themes, showing the high artistic quality of this work.
The intricate works belong to what's known as the Geneva School, which originated in the middle of the 18th century with Jean Huber (1721-1786). It's likely that Hans-Jakob Hauswirth (1809-1871), the old master of local traditional paper cutting, was inspired by his predecessors. This charcoal burner and day labourer had definitely spent a long time abroad. Where he was is still a mystery but he suddenly appeared and conjured up incredible works of art.
Based on AvS / Martin Gurtner-Duperrex
Translated by Justine Hewson
The exhibition "L'Ecole de Genève" has been extended until 19 May. Opening hours from Tuesday to Saturday, 2pm to 5pm, closed on Mondays.