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Wilhelm Friedrich BURGER (Willy)

(1882 – 1964)

Wilhelm Friedrich Burger is a Swiss graphic designer and painter.
After an apprenticeship as a lithographer, Burger studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe with Ferdinand Hodler and A.M. Cassandre.
From 1903 to 1905, he worked as a graphic designer in London, then in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Rome in 1909. In 1906, he received a silver medal at the international exhibition in Milan and a gold medal in Brussels in 1910.
In 1913, he returned to Switzerland and worked mainly as a landscape painter and illustrator of books and magazines.
His work as a poster designer plays an important role in Burger's work. He is best known for his posters for "Saas Fee" or the "MOB" (Montreux Bernese Oberland) and particularly for one of his first works, the poster for the "JungfrauBahn", with 80,000 copies printed. This is followed by many other orders for posters, catalogues and postcards from all over Switzerland.
His poster for the electric railways "Martigny Châtelard Chamonix", which represents the valley in autumn, is clearly inspired by Fauvism.
He also created posters for the pen brand "Waterman", the watches "Zenith" , the soldier's homes, the PTT (Post Telephone Telegraph ) or AVS (Pension).

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JungfrauBahn. Station Jungfrau Joch, Aletsch Gletscher

1914

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Station Jungfraujoch 3457m, Jungfraubahn, Aletsch, Gletscher

1914

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Schweiz Verband Soldatenwohl

1914

CHF 930.–

Salle de correspondance et de lecture pour militaires

circa 1915

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Chemin de fer électrique Martigny - Châtelard - Chamonix

circa 1925

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Saas-Fee, Sommer und Wintersport. First edition

1925

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Chemin de fer électrique Martigny - Châtelard - Chamonix

circa 1925

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Jungfraubahn

circa 1930

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Collecte pour la vieillesse

circa 1935

CHF 550.–

Chemin de Fer Montreux-Oberland Bernois, Suisse

circa 1935

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Saas-Fee 1800m. Winter and Summer sports

circa 1935

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MOB, Chemin de fer Montreux Oberland Bernois, Suisse

1937

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Montreux-Berner Oberland Bahn, Schweiz

1937

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Swizerland, Alpine postal motor coaches

1937

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Muottas-Muragl 2456m. Engadin Samedan St-Moritz Pontresina

1937

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Autocars postaux, Service des Alpes Suisses

1937

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MOB, Montreux Bernese Oberland railway, Switzerland

1937

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Zenith, Watches & clocks

1942

CHF 1120.–