Martin Disteli

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Portrait of Distelli by Joachim Senn.

Martin Disteli (May 28, 1802 in Olten – March 18, 1844 in Solothurn) was a Swiss painter.

Early Years[edit]

He attended college in Solothurn 1817, then went to study in Lucerne from 1819-1821 (where he attended the very liberal zofingien circle). He also studied literature in Freiburg im Breisgau and in Jena in 1821. In 1823, he was forced to suddenly return home to Switzerland when he was accused of slander,[1] having publicly denouncing Goethe's absence of political affiliation.[2]

Style and Influence[edit]

Disteli was the main figure of Swiss political imagery shortly before 1848. His caricatures bring together the French and German graphical traditions.[3]


  • This article was initially translated from the German Wikipedia.
  1. ^ Kaenel, Philippe (09/02/2004). "Disteli, Martin". Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse (in French). Retrieved 28 January 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Cina, Christoph (2005). "Nouvelles de la Distelihaus à Olten" (PDF). Primary Care (in French). 5 (15): 336. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Kaenel, Philippe (2000). "1830-1848 : la réception de l'œuvre de Daumier et Grandville en Suisse". Sociétés & Représentations (in French). 2 (10): 145–161. doi:10.3917/sr.010.0145. Retrieved 23 January 2014.