Ignaz Epper is one of the leading exponents of Swiss Expressionism. His fame is primarily based on his graphic artworks, in particular on wood engravings created in the 1910s and ‘20s. These early works – namely wood engravings and some black and coloured chalk drawings – are imbued with a pessimistic world view.
Whether they focus on religion, metropolises, horses, or the industrial landscape, all express violence and suffering. At the very heart of Epper’s interests, however, was the human figure, for which he developed a life-long fascination.