Erna Schillig

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Erna Schillig
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Erna Schillig c. 1945
Born(1900-09-27)27 September 1900
Altdorf, Switzerland
Died1 May 1993(1993-05-01) (aged 92)
Altdorf, Switzerland
EducationAcademy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe
Known forPainting, Textile arts
Partner(s)August Babberger[1][2]

Erna Schillig (1900–1993) was a Swiss artist. As well as being is considered a pioneer of modern Central Swiss textile art[2], she is known for her murals in plaster technique, sgraffito, and mosaic.[1]


Schillig was born in Altdorf, Uri, Switzerland on 27 September 1900.[1]

In the mid-1920s she belonged to the "Urner Kreis", which formed around the German Expressionist artist de:August Babberger.[1][2]

From 1927 to 1930 she attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe studying decorative painting and wall painting.[1]

In 1932, she and August Babberger painted the Höfli Chapel in Altdorf, Switzerland.[2]

One of her Trachtenteppich (traditional carpet) was exhibited at the 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris.[2]

From 1937 to 1941, she obtained further training with Ernst Morgenthaler in Zurich, Switzerland, and in 1942 she studied with de:Albert Schnyder in Delémont, Switzerland.[2]

From 1946 to 1967, Schillig was head of the textile department at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts) in Lucerne.[3]

Schillig died on 1 May 1993 in Altdorf.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Erna Schillig". Kunstmuseum Luzern. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Schillig, Erna". Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Schillig, Erna". SIKART Lexikon zur Kunst in der Schweiz. Retrieved 11 March 2018.