The four Barraud Brothers

François Barraud (1899-1934)the Philatelist, der Filatelist, 1929. Photo, Foto: Wikipedia.

The four Barraud brothers are among Switzerland’s best-kept art secrets. They were born in La Chaux-de-Fonds. François (1899-1934), Aimé (1902-1954), Charles (1897-1997) and Aurèle (1903-1969) are four talented painters from one family. They show more quality and variety in modern Swiss art than Giacometti’s and Ferdinand Hodler’s. Their paintings are important works of European realism in … Read more » “The four Barraud Brothers”

Swiss Historic Hotels

Basel, Les Trois Rois. Photo-Foto: TES.

The growth of tourism in the second half of the nineteenth century led to the construction of many Grand Hotels in Graubünden, Berner Oberland, Valais, Vaud, Bern, Neuchâtel, Geneva, Zurich and Schwyz. Winter and summer sports, bathing venues and health resorts were the main focus of tourists from the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, the Habsburg … Read more » “Swiss Historic Hotels”

The Fourth Minority and Ticinocentrismo

Val Poschiavo. Foto/Photo: TES

Switzerland is a quadrilingual country (Italian, German, French and Romansh) with three minorities: French-, Italian- and Romansh-speaking citizens. The vast majority are German-speaking, and the principle at the federal level remains the mastery of the German language. However, there is another minority, the fourth minority. These are the Italian-speaking people in the canton of Grisons. … Read more » “The Fourth Minority and Ticinocentrismo”