The Life & Works of Maurice André Kaspar
1892-1946

A Swiss Watercolour Artist and Architect Revealed
in First UK Public Exhibition.
Bankside Gallery, London, England.
12-17 July 2022

EXHIBITION PATRON Leïla el-Wakil


Associate Professor at the University of Geneva, Leïla el-Wakil has been trained as an architect (School of Architecture at the University of Geneva, 1979) and as a historian of art (PhD in Humanities, University of Geneva, 1986). Benefiting from these twofold competencies, she has developed an original scientific competence in the history of architecture, focusing on the XIXth and XXth century constructions, as well as in questions dealing with heritage conservation. She recently extended her research field to Egyptian and Arab modern, but also vernacular architecture. She has been involved in a European project dealing with the interrelations between Western and non-Western architecture, with particular interest in the Arab world. Her capacity to co-ordinate and collaborate with international experts of both architectural and history of art and to work according to the high standards and European research is clear. Recently, she developed a new research project on the applied arts conceived as an extension of the architectural process. Her research and teaching have been rewarded by prizes, among which the Prix Ador for the Magister dissertaion (1976) and the Best Teaching Award (2012). She published many articles and books on Swiss architecture, among them her PhD thesis, Bátir la campagne. Geneva 1800-1860, (vol., Geneva, Georg, 1988-1989), Léman 1900. Besides her academic career, Leïla el-Wakil is actively engaged in heritage conservation. She teaches various programmes, belongs to the scientific committee of the Master of advanced Studies in Heritage conservation and Museology of the University of Geneva.


THE OFFICIAL OPENING WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY THE GREAT-GRANDSON OF MAURICE ANDRÉ KASPAR, ALEXANDRE KASPAR, ON 12th July 2022 AT THE PRIVATE PREVIEW EVENING, CO-SUPPORTED BY THE NEW HELVETIC SOCIETY, AT BANKSIDE GALLERY, LONDON, IN THE COMPANY OF INVITED RELATIVES, FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS.



PRE-EXHIBITION CATALOGUE


THIS IS THE OFFICIAL PRE-EXHIBITION CATALOGUE AND IS DIVIDED INTO THREE MAIN SECTIONS.

FIRST SECTION - A representative sample of the 200+ watercolour paintings and other works of Maurice André Kaspar that will be on show at the Royal Watercolour Society's Bankside Gallery, London 12-17 July 2022. These are divided into five main areas - Geneva Old Town and Environs, Carouge Town and Environs, Canton of Geneva and beyond in Switzerland, paintings from around France and paintings from around Italy. A full list identifying paintings in all areas in this first section are shown at the end of it.

SECOND SECTION - Deals with the life of Maurice Kaspar and his family through never before publicly revealed documents.

THIRD SECTION - A collection of Maurice Kaspar's sketches and architectural drawings 1915-1930s.

EXHIBITION MAIN THEMES


1. ARCHITECTURAL - Maurice Kaspar was an architect, and was fascinated by not only the form and beauty of entire buildings, but also many other different structures that had strong and interesting architectural features, such as bridges, waterwheels, stairs, gates and gateways, archways, roofs, chimneys, water fountains, eaves, and sectional views. Most watercolour artists of the period concentrated mainly on pastoral views; he is, therefore, distinctive by virtue of his specific interest in the architectural form. On display will be a series of his freehand architect’s drawings on tracing paper that reflect some of the initial drawings for his subsequent watercolour paintings, and work he did as an architect on a variety of projects in Carouge and in the Old Town of Geneva. These are dated and stamped, M: KASPAR Architecte.

EXHIBITION MAIN THEMES


2. HISTORICAL - Through his role as an Architect d'Hygienist working for the city of Geneva in the 1930s, Maurice was instrumental in the demolition of a whole area of Geneva, called Saint-Gervais, that included the length of the quai du Seujet and the rue du Temple along and above the River Rhone facing the Old Town. His job involved reporting on the physical and sanitary condition of buildings in Geneva and many of these, in this particular area, were deemed to be unfit for habitation and potential fire hazards. Based largely on his reports, the decision made by the Municipality of Geneva to demolish this large historic area of Geneva was controversial and many were opposed to it. His architectural and artistic interest in the area, and the history behind it, compelled him to paint as much of the area as possible before it disappeared for good. He did the same with parts of the area still known as the Old Town and buildings in the Canton of Geneva. His paintings are, therefore, a historic and important record of Geneva's past portrayed in this medium. Maurice also recorded the historic Barques de Savoie (only two now exist) that were used to transport quarried stone from Meillerie, a small village on the French side of the Lac du Leman. The stone was used to construct the very first League of Nations building now called the Palais des Nations. Much of Geneva's waterfront on that side of the lake was also built with Meillerie stone.

FIRST SECTION - Geneva Old Town and Environs


Geneva Old Town and environs from 1914-1930s, including many buildings and areas, such as the Quai du Seujet that have since disappeared completely, or severely changed. Maurice was born, raised, educated and worked in the Old Town. The tile below is a Kaspar heirloom - an original made in 1650.




































FIRST SECTION - Carouge Town and Environs


Carouge town and environs, including Pinchat, where Maurice and his family lived during the 1920s up to 1946. A set of 33 paintings of Carouge by him is lodged in Carouge Museum. It is also in Carouge in 1936 when he became a founder member of the artist's society, La Palette Carougeoise, still in existence.











Maurice Kaspar Advertisement for
BAECHLER on Carouge Market Square


2nd MK Advertisement for BAECHLER
on Carouge Market Square!







FIRST SECTION - Canton of Geneva and Beyond in Switzerland


Paintings and sketches of villages, churches, castles, a waterwheel and more in the Canton of Geneva but also elsewhere throughout Switzerland, including Kipple in the Loetchental and Basle, where the photo below is the only one to record Maurice at work painting in the Port of Basle in March 1946. His painting of this is immediately below the photo.

































Sorral Print made into a 150-piece wooden
jigsaw puzzle by Zig-Zag of Geneva.



FIRST SECTION - Paintings from around France.


These include the small village of Meillerie in the Haute-Savoie region on the Lac Leman where stone was quarried and sent by the then many Barques de Savoie to the shores of Geneva for new building projects, including the SdN Palais des Nations. Only two of these boats now exist. Also shown are early paintings of St. Tropez and the surrounding coastline that were printed and sold commercially as postcards.




























FIRST SECTION - Paintings from around Italy


Maurice Kaspar in Venice in June 1914. He was on a Grand Tour of Italian cities known for their architectural monuments and buildings. This was organised by his professor at Zurich Poly where he was studying for his degree in architecture. Notable towns visited were Verona, Milan, Brescia, Venice and Naples. He later returned in 1921 and made a second tour of his own taking in Capri and the South of France. The photo below is Maurice in Venice on a Gondola.








SECTION 2 - The life and story of Maurice André KASPAR and his family.


The following text, photos, other images and references give detail to the life and story of Maurice from his birth in Geneva to his untimely death in December 1946.


Bio: Maurice André Kaspar


BORN: 11 July 1892 - 16 Grand Rue, Old Town, Geneva, Switzerland.
PARENTS: Otto KASPAR (Leutwil, Argovie, Switzerland) and Julie Fanny MORIN (Vich, Vaud, Switzerland). Otto was the first President of the Society of Pharmacies in the Canton of Geneva from 1900-1905.
MARRIAGE: 19 January 1917 - Temple de Versoix, Versoix, Geneva, Switzerland with Adèle Susanne Henriette (Georgette) DEGALLIER, daughter of Georges Louis DEGALLIER and Marie DESHUSSES. (Georges Louis was twice Mayor of Versoix and owner of the world-renowned confectionery factory in Versoix, Bonbons Deshus).
EDUCATION: c1899-1909 Geneva College; 1910-13 - Zurich Poly, Student Architect. Diploma gained 22 July 1915.
PROFESSION: 1913 Apprentice Architect at Georges Peloux, Architects, Blvd. Georges Favon, Geneva. August 1916 and April 1917 E.C. & Alexandre Grammont, Lyon, France. 11 May 1917 Technician attached to the Health Service of the Swiss State Council, The Swiss State and Municipal Council of Geneva. May 1918 - Dec 1946 Health & Safety Architect, Department of Public Works, The Swiss State and Municipal Council of Geneva, Republic and Canton of Geneva, Switzerland.
DIED: 03 December 1946 - Carouge, Geneva, Switzerland.

Maurice André Kaspar aged 5, Geneva 1897



Maurice Andre Kaspar, aged 5, in Geneva, Switzerland in 1897, dressed in traditional Swiss costume from either Geneva or Leutwil, Argovie, where his father Otto was born.. At the time, he was living with his parents at their apartment at Grand Rue 17, Vieille Ville, Geneva, Switzerland. His father, Otto, ran a pharmacie below at Grand Rue, 16. The photographer was Emile Pricam, one of the leading photographic studios in Geneva at that time that had won many medals at leading international expositions in Paris and Geneva since 1878.

First recorded drawings of Maurice André KASPAR, aged 8 years old sent to his father on the 1st January 1900






Young pupils of Geneva College (Collège de Calvin)
c1899 with Maurice André Kaspar 3rd from left front row.


Otto Kaspar and assistant outside his 'Pharmacie'
in Grand-Rue 16, Geneva, Switzerland.

Kaspar Family Business and Home


Otto Kaspar and his assistant outside his pharmacie in Grand-Rue 16, (the very heart of the Old Town) Geneva, Switzerland. The shop and frontage still exists. In the basement of the shop was a large vat where Otto would make his potions that were made mainly from plant and herbal extracts that he would collect in the Swiss fields and mountains. He was a trained and qualified botanist and chemist. When Otto died in 1921, his daughter, Valerie, took over the pharmacie and also married into another family of 'pharmaciens', the Minods. Otto became a respected figure in the pharmacy fraternity and was elected the first President of the then newly formed Pharmacy Society of Geneva from 1900-1905. Maurice was born and raised in an apartment above the pharmacie.

Authorisation from the State of Geneva for Otto Kaspar to operate as a pharmacie in Geneva 16 July 1879.




Ferdinand HODLER (1853-1918) Le meunier, son fils et l'âne (1881-8)


The two complementary paintings here representing a winter and summer scene were made by Ferdinand Hodler (1881-8). One of the best-known Swiss painters of the nineteenth century, Hodler lived in 33 Grand-Rue 1881-1902, not far from Otto Kaspar's home and Pharmacy and knew Maurice's future mother, Julie Fanny Morin, before she married his father when she also acted as the model for his summer version. She is shown marked with an X.



Swiss National Exhibition 1896 season tickets for Julie
Fanny MORIN-KASPAR & her husband, Otto KASPAR at
17 Grand Rue, Geneva, where their son Maurice was raised.


Swiss National Exhibition 1896 - Le Village Suisse


The time taken from the initial concept of Le Village Suisse on 11 January 1895 to its opening on 25 October 1896, was 1 year 9 months.
It occupied an area of 23,191 sq mts on the plain of Plainpalais, Geneva. It comprised:- 56 Houses/chalets, 3 Farms, 1 Church, 18 Mazots (Traditional Savoyards Farmhouse Outbuildings); A 40m high Mountain; A Waterfall - 166 litres per second, e.g. 6 million litres per 10hr. day; Buildings occupied by 47 different tenants, of which 33 represented he principal Swiss industries and 353 inhabitants dressed mostly in their respective Swiss National Costumes. Visitors to the Village Suisse throughout the period were 1,100,000.


Genève Pittoresque


The book above was published in 1897 by the Anonymous Society of Graphic Artists in Geneva and edited by Henri Silvestre. It includes 26 Phototypies Prints of the Old Town of Geneva between c1850 and 1889. Much of the inspiration for the paintings of Geneva carried out by Maurice could well have been inspired from the prints in this book, and from Genève, qui s'en va, (see below) which he owned. It is also possible that the Anonymous Society of Graphic Artists could have been a template for a similar society of multidisciplinary artists, La Palette Carougeoise that he played a part in forming in Carouge in 1936.


Cathedral of St. Pierre, Geneva and its Ancient Bishopric
c1850. Reproduced from the book, Genève Pittoresque.


Le Quai du Seujet and the Moulin David, Geneva, 1873.
Reproduced from Genève Pittoresque.


Place du Temple, Geneva, 1869.
Reproduced from Genève Pittoresque.



Pencil drawing of "Terreaux du Temple",
Saint-Gervais, Geneva. c1920

The MORIN-KASPAR CONNECTION


Otto Kaspar married twice and his second wife was Julie Fanny Morin who came from an already well-established Pharmacien Family. A Morin Pharmacie had existed in Grand Rue many years before, although not in the same location. Her cousin, Constance, ran the main Pharmacie in Lausanne, shown here. Financial support came from the Morin family later when the new Kaspar home in Pinchat was built.


The Morin Family Pharmacie at
21 Place de la Palud, Lausanne.
c1920

KASPAR Family Apartment


The Kaspar Family in their home at Grand Rue 17, Vieille-Ville, Geneva, Switzerland on the 1st July 1912. Sitting left to right are Maurice André Kaspar with his parents, Julie Fanny Morin-Kaspar and Otto Kasper/Kaspar. The young man on the far right was a friend of Maurice and fellow student who were both studying architecture at Zurich Poly. The lady next to him is unknown. The occasion was a celebration of the Genevan philosopher, writer and composer, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who was born at No. 40 Grand-Rue and had died 134 years before on 2nd July 1778.




Maurice André KASPAR
Architectural Student
Zurich Poly 1914.


Swiss Military Service


Photos shows Maurice André Kaspar as a sapper in Porrentruy, Jura, in August 1915. He was carrying out his military service that all Swiss men had to do each year. His unit was CP. SAP 111/1 and he sent a card 'from the extreme frontier' showing him and other soldiers in his group on the 25th August 1915 near the border with Alsace where they erected a steel fence as a barrier and flew the Swiss flag. The instability of the region during WW1 was viewed as a potential threat to Switzerland at this time.



The town and castle of Porrentruy, Jura, sketched by
Maurice André Kaspar when stationed there, 1915.



First employment with Geneva State Council.


Confirmation on 11 May 1917 of Maurice Kaspar's appointment to the Service of Public Health in Geneva as a technician, specifically as an architecte-hygienist, on a one-year trial basis. He rose to become the lead architecte-hygienist. His job was to inspect and report on the city's housing stock in terms of their sanitation and public health which led to the wholesale demolition of a whole area of Geneva, Saint-Gervais, and part of the Old Town.



Final Employment with Geneva State Council


A letter from Geneva State Council dated 15 September 1937 confirming Maurice Kaspar's promotion to the position of architecte-hygienist from January 1938. This was his final employment until his untimely death in December 1946.

The Deshusses-Degallier-Kaspar Connection


Villa La Brulay was the home of the Degallier family from 1874 to 1929. Originally bought by Jean-François Deshusses, founder of the world-renowned Bonbons Deshusses in 1852. He gave it to his daughter, Marie Deshusses and her husband Georges-Louis Dégallier as a wedding present on 6 June 1874. They and their family of nine children were raised here, including Maurice Kaspar's future wife, Adèle Susanne Henriette Degallier. Louis served twice as mayor of Versoix and inherited what later became known as Bonbons Deshus that was the largest employer in Versoix. Louis had been educated as a pharmacist and used his knowledge of chemistry to advantage when he joined his father-in-law in his confectionary business. He was elected a Bourgeois of Prilly, Vaud, in 1866. He was also a deputy of the Grand Conseil (Council) of Geneva 1892-1895; an elected member of the Geneva Consistoire (the Council of the Protestant Church) from 6 October 1896 and an active member of the Radical Party. Maurice Kaspar's father was also an active member of the Radical Party and President of the Geneva Society of Pharmacists so the connection between the Kaspar and Degallier families was established in this way. The road next to the house was named Chemin Louis-Dégallier in his honour. A distinctive tomb and bust for J F Deshusses has a prominent position in Versoix Cemetery, paid for by the town in recognition of the role he played in the development of Versoix with a new Port, clean water pipelines, roads and tramlines to and from Geneva. Below are two cards showing the worldwide distribution outlets of their products to retailers as far as Australia, China, Japan, Africa, Transvaal, Egypt, America and throughout Europe, and a list of international awards received between 1872 and 1896. Two other trade cards to Lyon and Dresden show one with the signature of Jules Degallier, and a very early card sent from a confectionary retailer in Sofia, Bulgaria to J.F. Deshusses on the 13 October 1892.



Left: Villa La Brulay, 1st August 1920 (Swiss National Day) Degalliers and Kaspars
Below: Villa La Brulay, August 2012



Bonbons Deshus Invoice 21 April 1926


The Invoice was issued from the factory at Seyssel in the Haute Savoie, France, but also indicates separate factories were in Versoix, the main one, and in Gand, Belgium. Later on another one was listed in Annemasse, France.




Marriage of Maurice André Kaspar (Mo) with
Adele Susanne Henriette Degallier (Georgette) at Versoix Temple on 20 January 1917.




Maurice André Kaspar and Kaspar/Degallier Family
Group Following the christening of his first child,
Edmée Paula Kaspar, May 1918.

Coat of arms presented to Georges Louis Degallier-Deshusses as official seal of Versoix.


This was later passed on to his son René Jules Degallier who, with his brother, became homesteaders in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1904.





The 50th anniversary Gymnasia organising committee, including Maurice André Kaspar who designed and painted the decor for the gathering held in the salle communal du Plainpalais, Geneva, 3 February 1939.






50th Anniversary Gymnasia gathering of past elder and present young students of the prestigious and elite Collège de Genève, now known as Collège Calvin. It is now the oldest public secondary school in Geneva, Switzerland and founded in 1559 by John Calvin. Maurice had been a student and sent his son, René, from June 1939-1941. Both are in the picture.


1935/36 Illustrated pamphlet and touring guide in the Canton of Geneva and its surrounding areas, published by the Tribune de Genève. Maurice Kaspar used this to choose many of the subjects of his paintings that included manor houses, churches, castles farmhouse and buildings he felt merited recording from an architectural and heritage point of view.



In May 1932, this tea room opened in Coppet and Maurice both displayed and sold many of his paintings from here.



Coppet, Vaud, Switzerland. 04.06.1930.

Menu card created by Maurice André Kaspar (MK) on 20 February 1927 to commemorate 10 years of Marriage. Le Buisson was the name of their home in Pinchat s/Carouge, Geneva.





Maurice André Kaspar with his three Children, Simone
Valérie, Edmée Paula and René Emile. Pinchat/Carouge 1932.

La Palette Carougeoise


In 1936, Maurice André Kaspar was a founder member of la Palette Carougeouise, a small group of 13 multi-disciplined artists from Carouge, Geneva, including Pedro Meylan who sketched the portrait of Maurice on the cover of this catalogue. La Palette got together to promote themselves and their art forms in a town that already had a distinctive artistic reputation, partly due to its Italianate architecture and bohemian environment. 84 years later la Palette Carougeoise is a much larger and very active group. The brochure cover shown was produced for their 75th anniversary.



Kaspar family photo in Pinchat, Carouge, Geneva, Switzerland c1938, where even the pewter display was architecturally designed by Maurice!


1 January 1934 New Year's Eve Celebration collage place cards made by Maurice André Kaspar for himself and his family. Each card represented the personality and character of his family, including himself and explained below.





L to R From Above: René Emile (Loulou) Kaspar, Stamp Collector & Intellectual; Maurice André (Mo) Kaspar, Bon Viveur!; Adele Susanne Henriette (Georgette) Degallier-Kaspar Fashion Conscious/Socially Active; Edmée Paula Kaspar, Sporty, & Simone Valérie (Sim) Kaspar Still Young & Training to be a Nurse.

Artistic Commissions


In 1939 Maurice André Kaspar was commissioned to paint the décor of the Plainpalais Salle communal in Geneva for the 50th Anniversary of la societé Gymnasia held on the 4th February 1939. This can still be seen today. In the 1940's Maurice was commissioned by a prominent Carouge resident, Emile Belloni (1882-1953) to paint 33 representative street and town scenes of Carouge where Maurice and his family lived. These paintings were later gifted to Carouge Museum in 2004 by Jean and Pierre Belloni. The Museum has both publicly and privately exhibited them for the past 16 years. Their comprehensive dictionary of Carouge Artists of all disciplines includes Maurice Kaspar with a full listing of his 33 paintings and one image. A representative example of these is shown below of Rue Vautier, owned by René-Bernard Dee.


Dictionary of Carouge painters & artists,
sculptors & engravers, produced by Carouge Museum, Carouge, Geneva.


Entry listing Maurice André Kaspar and one of his 33 paintings of Carouge held in Carouge Museum


Continuation and end of dictionary entry.


The entry makes clear that Maurice was commissioned by Emile Belloni, a prominent entrepreneur in Carouge, to paint a very representative set of paintings depicting Carouge streets and prominent scenes. 33 were produced and these were later gifted by Jean and Pierre Belloni to Carouge Museum, one of which is shown in the entry. Maurice also designed and painted the décor for the 50th Anniversary of the Gymansia Society that was held in the Salle communal du Plainpalais, Geneva on the 4 February 1939. Reference to him as a founder member of La Palette Carougeoise is also made.



Architectural drawing produced by Maurice
for Rue Ancienne 82 in Carouge, c1920.


Official Announcement in November 2020 edition of Vivre Carouge of 'The Life & Works of Maurice André Kaspar 1892-1946 - A Swiss watercolour artist and architect revealed in First UK Public Exhibition' at the Royal Watercolour Society's Bankside Gallery, London, on 12-17 July 2022.




KASPAR-DEE FAMILY
Post-Marriage Lunch Place Cards


From left to right: Place card for Madame G. Georgette Degallier-Kaspar and her Degallier family home of La Villa Brulay in Versoix; for Monsieur Maurice Kaspar the rooftops of Geneva Old Town; for Mrs Simone Kaspar-Dee the façade of Hotel Richmond, Geneva, where the 'wedding- reception' took place, and for Mr Gerald Dee, Tower Bridge, London.


Temple de La Fusterie, Geneva.


La Fusterie, Geneva's oldest and most important Protestant temple was the Kaspar Family's place of worship. Designed by Huguenot refugee Jean Vennes; completed in 1715, Geneva's first specifically Calvinist church was built following the arrival of French Protestants after the 1685 revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Maurice's daughter, Simone, was married there in 1944 and his subsequent grandson, René-Bernard Dee baptised in it 17 April 1946. Maurice is shown next to his wife and René's English grandmother.



La Place de La Fusterie and Temple, Geneva, in 1869.
(Reproduced from Genève Pittoresque).

Traditional Swiss Cantonal Costumes Painted on Wood


The paintings of the 12 Swiss cantonal costumes made by Maurice in 1918, featured around the four sides of the colourfully decorated wooden playpen (shown below) he made for his first child, Edmée Paula Kaspar. This was then subsequently used by his next two children, Simone Valerie and René. Much later it was used by René-Bernard Dee in Basle, Switzerland, and by his sister Carole Anne Dee in Wimbledon, England. The last person to use it was René's son, Matthew Frederick Dee, in Brighton, England.








Obituary in the Journal de Geneve, 12 December 1946, for Maurice André KASPAR 'Architecte-Paysagiste' who committed suicide at the age of 54 on 3 December by drowning in the River Arve that flows alongside Carouge, Geneva. It stated that, according to the desire of the deceased the family will not mourn and honours will not be paid'. His own painting of the River Arve running under Carouge Bridge above is a poignant one.







A New Generation - A New Artistic Aspiration


In 2018, René-Bernard Dee took Maurice André Kaspar's only great-grandson bearing the Kaspar family name, Alexandre Kaspar, to visit the Pinchat-Carouge home of Maurice and his family. Maurice and his wife, Georgette, raised their three children, Edmée, Simone and René here and it is also where, in December 1946, his ashes were spread under the cedar tree by them in the back garden of the house. Alexandre is shown standing in front of the house.

From Maurice K. to Moriska


As a young boy, I used to draw a lot, like every child I assume. One day, my father checked on my drawing and said, " This is very good, but it’s not a surprise as art runs in the family." That was the fist time I heard about Maurice Kaspar; that ghost of an artist bearing my name. I’m pretty sure the drawings weren’t that good. I was just a kid playing with pencils and my father didn’t know anything about art. But that was it, the Pygmalion effect! From that moment on, I tried to get to know better that faded painter from three generations before. I was now the last male Kaspar in that line and my father, who wasn’t very into genealogy or family history, couldn’t tell me much about his grandfather. Once he said, "Your great grandfather Maurice was a painter and an architect, but died when he was young by committing suicide. That was a shock, and all I knew about him for a long time. Everything I learned later about Maurice Kaspar came from René-Bernard Dee, 20 years later. At that time I was 25 years old, and had just finished my bachelor degree in French Literature and Art History at the Geneva University. Although a little bit lost, I was sure about one thing. In our pretty absurd world, art is what brings humans their humanity. Because I believe the artist has maybe more than ever a precious and essential place in our society, I decided to continue my study in Art History with a master degree with specialization in contemporary period. To keep learning about an artist’s life, their motivations and their integrity is something that keeps me alive. Art history is a place and a time where utopias can exist; where imagination is explored to propose and create different realities. It’s the place where the paradox and the incoherence of our world can be expressed. As Maurice was an architect he was meant to draw houses for people to live in. As an architect hygienist he had to also assist in their obliteration and destruction. That strong and emotional duality can be witnessed through his paintings. By his art, he left traces for the future, for history, as a testimony of his love for the art of architecture that was torn by the reality of his job and the world around him. I am now myself working as an artist, finding my way as MORISKA - my mind thinking of and being inspired by Maurice K!

ALEXANDRE KASPAR, Nyon, Switzerland. 14 February 2020.

New Discoveries!


In May 2020, René was contacted by Laurent Fillard to say that he had seen his digital catalogue on the internet and wanted to let him know that he had 70 original paintings of Maurice Kaspar!! His grandfather had known Maurice in the early 1920s when he bought these from him. They have been displayed in Laurent's grandparents house ever since then! These are now being photographed, identified and recorded. This glorious painting of Carcasonne in France, is one of them.


Captions for paintings 1-11 in FIRST SECTION - Geneva Old Town and Environs


1. Cathedral of St. Pierre and Geneva Old Town, c1920
2. Cathedral of St. Pierre, Geneva Old Town.
3. Place de Bourg de Four, Geneva Old Town.
4. Le Perron and Fountain above on Place de les Trois-Perdrix, Geneva
Old Town.
5 and 6. L'Arsenal, la rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, Geneva Old Town (Maurice
was born and raised a stone's throw away).
7. Le Temple de la Fusterie, Geneva.
8. Place des Trois-Perdrix, Geneva Old Town.
9. Flags flying at La Tour de l’Ile, Place Mollard, Geneva, 14 November
1920. (This was the day before the first General Assembly of the
Société des Nations in Geneva).
10.Flags flying in Geneva on their National Day public holday, 1st
August c1930.
11. Fête de la Paix/Armistice, la rue de la Fontaine, Geneva, 11
November 1918.

Captions for paintings 12-20 in FIRST SECTION - Geneva Old Town and Environs.


12. Place Bemont, Geneva Old Town c1920.
13. View from the rear window of Maurice's Apartment in Grand Rue 17,
looking out onto Rue Verdaine and Saint Germain Church below in
Geneva Old Town, 28 January 1920.
14. Rooftops on the Quai du Seujet, St. Gervais, Geneva.
15. The Quai du Seujet, Saint-Gervais, Geneva. 11 September 1923.
Demolished in 1930s, rebuilt and renamed le Quai
Turrettini.
16. The Temple de Saint-Gervais (still standing) and Quai du Seujet, St.
Gervais, Geneva c1923. Demolished in 1930s, rebuilt and renamed
le Quai Turrettini.
17. The Temple de Saint-Gervais, la rue du Seujet, Saint-Gervais,
Geneva. 28 February 1923.
18. La rue du Seujet, Saint-Gervais, Geneva. 20 October 1919.
Demolished c1930.
19. The faubourg de St. Gervais ou Seujet, Geneva. 27 May 1920.
Demolished c1930.
20. Allée du Sel, Saint-Gervais, Geneva. 10 November 1920.
Demolished 1931.

Captions for paintings 21-33 in FIRST SECTION - Geneva Old Town & Environs..


21. The quai du Seujet, Saint-Gervais, Geneva, 11 September .1923.
Demolished completely in 1930's, rebuilt and renamed le quai
Turrettini.
22. Tour-de-Boel, la rue de la Tour-de-Boel, Geneva. Demolished
c1930.
23. View from rue de la Monnaie or Cité towards Tour de l'Ile, Geneva.
24. Close by la rue de Terrace du Temple, Saint-Gervais, Geneva.
25. Terraces du Temple, Saint-Gervais, Geneva, 29 January 1921.
26. Entrance to Passage des Terreaux, Rue de Coutance, Saint-Gervais, Geneva. Demolished c1930.
27. Summer courtyard of the Collège de Calvin, Geneva. The tree has gone!
28. Winter courtyard of the Collège de Calvin, Geneva The tree has gone!
29. Side Area of the Courtyard of the Collège de Calvin, Geneva.
30. Fountain above Collège de Calvin, Geneva.
31. Le Temple de Chêne-Bougeries, Geneva. Arthur Kaspar, a 'half- brother' of Maurice, lived close by.
32. La Tour Baudet (Seat of the Geneva Government) Promenade de la Treille, Geneva. Maurice worked here as Architecte-hygienist, just a stone's throw from where he was born and raised in Grand-rue 17.
33. Pont Butin, Geneva.

Captions for paintings 1- 14 in FIRST SECTION - Carouge Town and Environs


1. Le Pont-Neuf (Pont de Carouge) et l' Arve, Carouge, Geneva,
2. Le canal de Carouge, Les Promenades, Carouge, Geneva, 26 October 1920.
3. La place du Marché et l’église Sainte-Croix, Carouge, Geneva. c1914.
4. La place du Marché et l’église Sainte-Croix, Carouge, Geneva, c1920.
5. La place d'Armes, Carouge, 02 February 1921.
6. La fontaine Blavignac in front of l’eglise Sainte-Croix, Carouge, Geneva, 30 November 1920.
7. Flags flying outside Carouge Town Hall. Fête Cantonale de Gymnastique Carouge. 10 July 1921.
8. Corner of la place du Marché with la rue du Temple, Carouge, Geneva and underneath, pencil sketch advertisments for Baechler.
9. La rue d'Arve, Carouge, Geneva.
10. La rue du Mail, Plainpalais, Carouge/Geneva, 20 November 1922.
11. La rue du Cheval Blanc, Carouge, Geneva.
12. La rue du Cheval-Blanc, Carouge, Geneva.
13. View of la Salève from Pinchat, Carouge, Geneva.
14. Le canal de Carouge, Geneva 26 October 1920.

Captions for paintings 1-15 in FIRST SECTION - Canton of Geneva and Beyond in Switzerland



1. Port de Bâle, Basle, 1946.
2. Peniches at the Port de Bâle, Basle, 1946.
3. Le Spalentor, ou Porte de Spalen, Bâle, Basle, 1946.
4. Schloss Bottmingen (left-hand section), near Bâle, Basle, 1946.
5. Schloss Bottmingen (right-hand section), near Bâle, Basel, 1946.
6. Pencil Sketch Exterior of l’Église Saint-Paul, Bâle, Basel, 1946.
7. Le Temple de Coppet, Vaud.
8. Rue Froid, Coppet, Vaud, 04 August 1919.
9. Cartigny, Canton of Geneva & Original Sketch, 1920.
10. “La Tourelle”, Maison de Rossillon, Chemin de Bois-des-Arts 69,
Thônex, Commune de Genève & Original Sketch,
11. Unknown village or house. Perhaps Manoire à Champlong, Avusy,
Canton of Geneva.
12. Veyrier village and le Salève, Canton of Geneva.
13. Veyrier village, and le Salève, Canton of Geneva.
14. Moulin du Cotterg/Le Châble, Val de Bagnes, Valais.
15. Église Saint Barthélémy, Verbier, Bagnes, Valais.

Captions for paintings 16-30 in FIRST SECTION - Canton of Geneva & Beyond in Switzerland..


16. Manoire à Champlong, Avusy, Canton of Geneva. (C.E.L.A. Print No.
1015) and photo c1900.
17. Manoire à Champlong, Avusy, Canton of Geneva.
18. Lac Léman, Villeneuve, Vaud.
19. Le Temple de Cartigny, Canton of Geneva. (29 March 1920).
20. Le château de Chillon, Lac Léman, Vaud,
21. L’Église Abbatiale Notre-Dame de Payerne, Vaud,
22. Church and village of Kippel, Lötschental, Valais.
23. Church and village of Kippel, Lötschental, Valais.
24. Kippel cemetery, Lötschental, Valais, 1920. Maurice André
Kaspar's grandmother is buried here.
25. Church and village of Kippel, Lötschental, Valais, c1932.
26 Church and village of Sembrancher, Vallée de Bagnes, Valais,
c1932.
27. Church and Village of Kippel, Lötschental, Valais, c1920.
28 and 29. Soral, Canton of Geneva, and the same painting made into a jigsaw puzzle by Zig Zag of Geneva.,

Captions for paintings 1-20 in FIRST SECTION - Paintings From Around France.


1. Meillerie Village, Lac Léman - Rive Savoysienne, Haute-Savoie, France
2. Meillerie Village, Lac Léman - Rive Savoysienne, Haute-Savoie, France
3. Barque Savoyard de Pierre, Lac Léman, France.
4. Barque Savoyard, Lac Léman, France.
5. Barque Savoyard, Lac Léman, France.
6. View across the Lake of Geneva from the Jura Mountains to the Alps and Mt. Blanc. A very early painting, and one of the few landscapes that Maurice ever painted using a similar style and colours as Ferdinand Hodler.
7. Sketch drawn by Maurice while on military service in the Jura Mountains on the border with France c1915.
8. View from La Dôle; second highest point in the Jura Mountains, France, looking across the Lake of Geneva to the Alps. c1914.
9-17 St. Tropez, Le Trayas, Côte d’Azur, France. A set of 9 of these paintings were produced and sold commercially in France as postcards by C.E.L.A. Annmasse in France.
18. Seyssel village and bridge, Haute Savoie, France.
19. Rue des Pêcheurs, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France. (This and the following three paintings were produced as prints by (C.E.L.A.) of Geneva, Switzerland and Annemasse, France).
20. Le Château de Marclaz, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France

Captions for paintings 21-25 in FIRST SECTION - Paintings From Around France Ctd., & Captions for Paintings Around Italy, 1-6.


21. Château de Rive/Château de Montjoux et Le Port, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France.
22. Le Château de Marclaz, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France.
23. Carcassonne. (Courtesy of Laurent Fillard).
24. Carcassonne, France, 1922.
25. La Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Toulouse, France.
26. Le Palais de l'Isle, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France

Captions 1-6 for Paintings Around Italy.

1. Ponte Pietra, Verona, Italy. 28 May 1914
2. Woodcut of Ponte Pietra, Verona, Italy. 28 May 1914
3. Naples, Italy, 1922 Bay of Naples, Italy. 26 May 1922.
4. Bay of Naples, Italy. 26 May 1922.
5. Basilique Sainte-Anastasie, Vérone, Italie, 28 May 1914
6. Palazzo Pubblico, Verona, Italy 1914

THIRD SECTION - A collection of Maurice Kaspar's sketches and architectural drawings 1915-1930's.


The following pages represent a collection of 120 0f Maurice Kaspar's original sketches and architectural drawings carried out between 1915 and the 1940s. These are mainly in pencil on tracing paper, but some are in colour. They depict drawings he carried out in connection with his architectural studies at Zurich Poly, architectural work he carried out in Switzerland and France for clients of his, and drawings upon which his watercolour paintings were based.


Maurice Kaspar Logo Design (c1915)























Villa La Brulay, Versoix (c1917)

























































































Maurice André Kaspar Paintings Inventory and Credits


COLLECTION MUSÉE DE CAROUGE, Genève, Suisse donné par M. Jean Belloni et M. Pierre Belloni, (père et fils) Carouge, Geneva, Switzerland.
CH2004-1 Maisons du Vieux-Carouge
CH2004-2 Portail de la maison du marquis du Vuache
CH2004-3 Carouge, la rue Saint-Victor
CH2004-4 Carouge, le Rondeau
CH2004-5 Carouge, la cour de la maison du Comte
CH2004-6 Maisons du Vieux-Carouge
CH2004-7 Carouge, la rue du Cheval Blanc
CH2004-8 Carouge, la place d’Armes
CH2004-9 Cour de Carouge
CH2004-10 Carouge, angle rue du Marché-rue Vautier
CH2004-11 Le canal de Carouge
CH2004-12 Le canal de Carouge
CH2004-13 Carouge, les Promenades
CH2004-14 Carouge, la place d’Arve
CH2004-15 Carouge, angle rue Ancienne-rue du Collège
CH2004-16 Carouge, la place du Marché
CH2004-17 Carouge, rue Vautier
CH2004-18 Carouge, derrière l’église
CH2004-19 Carouge, rue Vautier
CH2004-20 Carouge, la maison du comte de Veyrier

Inventory and Credits 'Cont.'.


CH2004-21 Carouge, la maison Jacquemard-Guinand
CH2004-22 Carouge, la place des Charmettes
CH2004-23 Carouge, la Filature
CH2004-24 Carouge, la maison

RENÉ DEE, Brighton, England.
1. Château de la Bâtiaz, Martigny, Valais, Suisse
2. Kippel cimetière, Lötschental, Valais, Suisse (1920) .
3. Les barques de Savoie de transport pierres, Lac Léman, Meillerie,
France.
4. L’Église Abbatiale Notre-Dame de Payerne, Vaud, Suisse.
5. St. Tropez, Côte d’Azur, France.
6. Péniches sur le Rhin, Bâle, Suisse. (1946)
7. Schloss Bottmingen, (la partie à droit) près de Bâle, Suisse (1946).
8. Porche entrée et tour Cathédrale St. Pierre, Genève, Suisse.
9. L'Église et village de Kippel, Lötschental, Valais, Suisse
(26.06.1928)
10. Fabrique de biscuit Läeckerli, Bâle, Suisse. (1946)
11. Naples, Italie (1922)
12. Le château de Chillon, Lac Léman, Vaud, Suisse.
13. Sembrancher, Vallée de Bagnes, Valais, Suisse.
14. L’Arsenal, la rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, Genève, Suisse.
15. Fête de la Paix – Armistice, la rue de la Fontaine, Genève, Suisse.
(11.11.1918)

Inventory & Credits Contd.


16. La fontaine Blavignac devant l’eglise Sainte-Croix, Carouge
Genève, Suisse, (30.11.1920)
17. L’Arsenal, la rue de l’Hotel de Ville, Genève, Suisse.
18. Drapeaux, Jour de Fête, la place de la Mairie, Carouge, Genève,
Suisse. (31.08.192?)
19. La cour de la Cathédrale St. Pierre, Genève, Suisse.
20. Vue du Salève depuis Pinchat-sur-Carouge, Genève, Suisse
21. L'Église et village de Kippel, Lötschental, Valais, Suisse (c 1920 ou
juin 1928)
22. Le Temple de la Fusterie, Genève, Suisse (1946)
23. Le cour du Collége Calvin, Genève, Suisse.
24. Palazzo Publico, Verone, Italie (May 1914)
25. Ponte Pietra, Verone, Italie (28.05,1914)
26. Nature morte, Anemones in Pewter Flagon.
27. Baie de Naples, Italie (26.05.1922).
28. Nature morte, Flowers in green glazed pot.
29. Vieille-Servette, (famille Roset), Bourdigny-Dessous, Genève, Suisse. (13.02.1916)
30. Le Pont-Neuf, (le Pont de Carouge), Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
31. Village de campagne Genèvoise inconnu avec le Salève/Jura
32. Le faubourg de St. Gervais ou Seujet, Genève, Suisse (27.05.1920)
33. Les Promenades, Carouge, Genève
34. L'Église et village de Kippel, Lötschental, Valais, Suisse-1932?
35. Fête National, Genève

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36. Jura Chalet, plume et encre (on lined writing paper)
37. Rue des Pêcheurs, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France (C.E.L.A. Print No.1009 unframed).
38. Le Château de Marclaz, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France (C.E.L.A. Print No 1010)
39. Château de Rive/Château de Montjoux et Le Port, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France (C.E.L.A. Print No. 1012)
40. Le Château de Marclaz, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute Savoie, France (C.E.L.A. Print No.1013 unframed)
41. Villeneuve (C.E.L.A. Print No.1014 unframed).
42. Avusy, Manoire à Champlong, Genéve, Suisse (C.E.L.A. Print No.1015)
43. Soral, Genéve, Suisse, (C.E.L.A. Print No.1016 unframed).
44. Excenevex (C.E.L.A. Print No.1017 framed).
45. Excenevex (C.E.L.A. Print No.1018 unframed).
46. Péniches á quai de Bâsle, Suisse, (1946)
47. Le Carre d’Amont ou Le Carre d’Aval entre Vandoeuvres et Meinier, Genève, Suisse.
48. Cartigny, 1924 Genève, Suisse 1924.
49. Le Canal de Carouge, les Promenades, Carouge, Genève, Suisse (26.10.1920).
50. Le Palais de l'Isle, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France.
51. Le Temple de Coppet, Vaud, Suisse.
52. Entrée de Ferme? Carouge?
53. La cour de la Cathédrale St. Pierre, Genève, Suisse

Inventory and Credits Contd.


54. Le Temple de Saint-Gervais, la rue du Seujet, Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse (28.02.1923)
55. La rue du Mail, Plainpalais, Carouge/Genève? Suisse.(20.11.1922)
56. Veyrier village et le Salève, Suisse.
57. Portail de la maison du marquis du Vuache, Veyrier, Suisse.
58. Meillerie, Lac Léman - Rive Savoysienne, Haute-Savoie, France
59. La barque de Savoie de transport pierres, Meillerie, sur Lac Leman, Suisse
60. La Cathédrale St. Pierre, Genève, Suisse (1935)
61. Les toîts, la Cité de Genève, Suisse
62. Près de la rue de Terrace du Temple, Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse
63. La rue Saint-Victor, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
64. La rue du Cheval-Blanc, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
65. La Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Toulouse, France.
66. Maison/village inconnu. Peut-être Manoire à Champlong, Avusy, Genève, Suisse.
67. La Belotte, le Lac Léman, Vésenaz, Genève, Suisse (4.2.1919)
68. La ferme, Collex-Bossy, Genève, Suisse.
69. Rue du village Genèvoise - Veyrier/Coppet/Carouge?
70. Nature morte, Flowers in brown pot
71. La place du Marché et l’église Sainte-Croix, Carouge, Genève, Suisse
72. Rue Vauthier, Carouge, Carouge, Genève, Suisse
73. La rue d'Arve, Carouge, Genève, Suisse
74. Le quai du Seujet (maintenant le quai Turrettini) Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse (1923?)

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75. Le quai du Seujet (maintenant le quai Turrettini) Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse (11.09.1923)
76. La rue du Seujet, Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse (20.10.1919)
77. Manoire à Champlong, Avusy, Genève, Suisse.
78. Le cour du Collège Calvin, (Summer) Genève, Suisse.
79. Allée du Sel – ruelle quartier de Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse. Démolis en 1931. (10.11.1920)
80. Seyssel village and bridge, Haute Savoie, France (where the 2nd Bonbons Deshus factory was based).
81. Rear view of Villa La Brulay, Versoix, Genève, Suisse (25.06.1918)
82. La place d'Armes, Carouge, (02.02.1921)
83. Terraces du Temple, Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse
84. Terraces du Temple, Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse (29.01.1921)
85. Église Saint Barthélémy, Verbier, Bagnes, Valais, Suisse
86. Les barques de Savoie de transport pierres, Le Hameau, Lac Léman, Geneva, Switzerland.
87. L'Église et village de Kippel, Lötschental, Valais, Suisse (17.06.1932)
88. Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc Roussillon, France
89. La rue de la Corraterie - vue de la Vieille Ville, Genève, Suisse
90. Port Choiseul, Versoix, Suisse.
91. ‘Zürichberg’, Zürich, Suisse (11.06.1914)
92. Les barques de Savoie de transport pierres - la rade de Genève et le Lac Léman, Genève, Suisse

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93. Moulin du Cotterg/Le Châble, Val de Bagnes, Valais, Suisse (Le bâtiment existe encore sans la roue, situe au bord du torrent de Verbier au sommet du village de Villette (entre le Cotterg et le Châble)
94. Angle la place du Marché avec la rue du Temple, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
95. Veyrier village et le Salève, Suisse (Mème batiment que No.56)
96. Nature morte, Flowers in green pot
97. La Tour Baudet (siège du gouvernement), Promenade de la Treille, Genève, Suisse.
98. Pencil sketch of Maurice Kaspar by Petronic
99. C.E.L.A. Annemasse Postcard Print No. 1105 of St. Tropez, France by Maurice Kaspar.
100. C.E.L.A. Annemasse Postcard Print No. 1101 of St. Tropez, France by Maurice Kaspar
101. C.E.L.A. Annemasse Postcard Print No. 1106 of St. Tropez, Côte d’Azur, France
102. Angle rue Vautier et place du Marché, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
103. Le Temple de la Fusterie, Genève, Suisse
104. Le haut des Promenades, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
105. Quai de l'Isle avec le Temple de Saint-Gervais en face, Genève, Suisse
106. La place du Bourg-de-Four, la Vielle Ville, Genève, Suisse
107. Bourg-de-Four, la Vielle Ville, Genève, Suisse
108. Entrée Passage des Terreaux, Rue de Coutance, Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse

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109. Le Perron, la Vielle Ville, Genève, Suisse.
110. “La Tourelle”, Maison de Rossillon, Chemin de Bois-des-Arts 69, Thônex, Genève, Suisse.
111. Esplanade des Tranchées avec la prison Saint-Antoine et le cloché de Saint Pierre, Genève, Suisse.
112. La Coulouvrenière, Genève, Suisse.
113. Menu card for wedding of Simone Valérie Kaspar-Dee & Gerald Edward Desensky-Dee on 16.07.1945 drawn by Maurice Kaspar.
114. Menu card for wedding of Simone Valérie Kaspar-Dee & Gerald Edward Desensky-Dee on 16.07.1945 drawn by Maurice Kaspar.
115. Maison de Saussure, Rue Horace-Bénédict-de-Saussure, 1204 Genève, Suisse.
116. Basilique de Notre-Dame, Rue Argand 3, 1201, Genève, Suisse.
117. Le haut de la rue Ancienne, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
118. Tour-de-Boël, la rue de la Tour-de-Boël, Genève, Suisse.
119. Place d'Arve, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
120. Grange-Canal, Chêne-Bougeries, Genève, Suisse, 1936
121. Grange-Canal, Chêne-Bougeries, Genève, Suisse, 1936
122. Meinier, Canton de Genève, Suisse
123. Le quai du Seujet (maintenant le quai Turrettini) Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse (1924)
124. Maison/village inconnu.
125. La place D'Armes, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
126. Le Canal de Thiou, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France 29.01.38.

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127. Les barques de Savoie de transport pierres, Meillerie, sur Lac Leman, France..
128. Cathedral St. Pierre, Genève, Suisse.
129. La Fontaine, place Bourg-de-Four, Genève, Suisse.
130. Manoire à Champlong, Avusy, Canton de Genève, Suisse.
131. La Commanderie de Compesières, Bardonnex, Canton de Genève, Suisse.
132. Cathedrale St. Pierre, Genève, Suisse.
133. Forest or Wood near Corbières, in the District of Gruyère, Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland
134. Société des Nations, place du Mollard, Genève, Suisse. 14.11.20 (Day before the very first SdN General Assembly Meeting ever held).
135. Place des Trois-Perdrix, La Vielle-Ville, Genève, Suisse. (Rarely unsigned!).
136. Tour-de-Boël, la rue de la Tour-de-Boël, Genève, Suisse.
137. Payerne, Vaud, Suisse.
138. Vue General le Jura.
139. MK C.E.L.A. Print No. 1009 of Rue des Pêcheurs, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France, used on printer's advertising board.
139a. Reverse of MK Print used for oil painting on printer's advertising board.
140. MK C.E.L.A. Print No. 1012 of 39. Château de Rive/Château de Montjoux et Le Port, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France, used on printer's advertising board.

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140a. Reverse of MK Print used for oil painting on printer's advertising board.
141. Pont Butin, Genève, Suisse
142. View of Le Môle in the foreground and Mt. Blanc behind it looking across Lake Geneva from the Jura slopes.
143. Meillerie, Lac Léman - Rive Savoysienne, Haute-Savoie, France
144. l’Eglise de Thairy, Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, Haute Savoie, France.
145. View from La Dôle, the 2nd highest point in the Jura Mountains, France, looking across the Lake of Geneva, Switzerland, to the Mt. Blanc Massif, France. (C1914)
146. View of Château de Ruphy, Isle de Roselet, on Lake Annecy, close to the village of Duingt, in the Haute Savoie, France.
147. View from Villa La Brulay, Versoix, Suisse 14.01.1914.
148. La cour de la maison du Comte, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
149. Barques de Savoie de transport pierre, sur Lac Leman, Genève, Suisse.
150. Terraces du Temple, Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse.
151. View from rue de la Monnaie ou Cité vers Tour de l'le, Genève, Suisse.
152. Cour de Saint-Pierre, Genève, Suisse.

CAROLE ANNE MEHTA, Bedford, New York, USA.
153. Le Temple de Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse.
154. Le Temple de la Fusterie, Genève, Suisse.
155. St. Tropez, Côte d’Azur, France
156. St. Tropez, Côte d’Azur, France (a postcard of this painting exists

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produced by C.E.L.A. Annemasse No. 1105 in René Dee’s Collection)
157. Vue du Salève depuis Pinchat, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
158. Vue du Salève depuis Pinchat, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
159. Port de Bâle, Basle-Stadt, Schweitz. (1946)
160. Port de Bâle, Basle-Stadt, Schweitz. (1946)
161. Le Rhin et vue de la Cathédrale de Bâle, Basle-Stadt, Schweitz. (1946)
162. Péniches sur le Rhin, Port de Bâle, Basle-Stadt, Schweitz. (1946)
163. Le canal de Carouge, Genève, Suisse. (26.10.1920)
164. La Fontanette, Carouge, Genève, Suisse. (1920?)
165. Le cour du Collège Calvin, (Winter) Genève, Suisse.
166. Le cour du Collège Calvin, (Winter) Genève, Suisse.
167. L'Église et village de Kippel, Lötschental, Valais, Suisse – 1932?
168. Kippel village chalet, Lötschental, Valais, Suisse.
169. Fȇte Cantonal de Gymnastique, Carouge, Genève, Suisse. (10.07.1921)
170. Fête Cantonal de Gymnastique, Commemorative Silver Badge.1921.
171. Le Temple de Cartigny, Genève, Suisse dated (29.03.1920)
172. Basilique Sainte-Anastasie, Vérone, Italie, (28.05.1914)
173. Schloss Bottmingen, (la partie à droit) près de Bâle, Suisse (1946) .
174. Les barques de Savoie de transport pierres - la rade de Genève et le Lac Léman, Genève, Suisse
175. Le Trayas, Côte d'Azur, France (Original or Print?)
176. La rue du Perron, Genève, Suisse
177. La rue du Perron, Genève, Suisse.

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178. Saint-Saphorin - Lavaux, Vaud, Suisse
179. Exterieur de l’Église Saint-Paul, Bâle, Schweiz en crayon (1946)
180. Interieur de l’Église Saint-Paul, Bâle, Schweitz en crayon (1946)
181. Le quai du Seujet (maintenant quai Turrettini) avec le Temple de Saint-Gervais, Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse.
182. Le Spalentor ou porte de Spalen, Bâle, Suisse. (1946)
183. Le Temple de Chêne-Bougeries, Genève, Suisse.
184. Fontaine inconnu
185. La Filature, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
186. Le Château de Chillon, Lac Léman, Vaud, Suisse.
187. Rue des Pêcheurs, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France (C.E.L.A. Print No.1009 unframed)
188. Château de Rive/Château de Montjoux et Le Port, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute Savoie, France (C.E.L.A. Print No. 1012)
189. Le Château de Marclaz, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France (C.E.L.A. Print No 1013)
190. Au bord du Lac Léman, Villeneuve, Vaud, Suisse (C.E.L.A. Print No.1014 unframed).
191. Manoire à Champlong, Avusy, Genéve (C.E.L.A. Print No.1015 unframed)
192. Soral, Genéve, Suisse. (C.E.L.A. Print No.1016 unframed)
193. La place du Marché et l’église Sainte-Croix, Carouge, Genève, Suisse.
194. L’église Sainte-Croix, Carouge, Genève, Suisse

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195. Le Jonction, Genève, Suisse. (17.01.1920)
196. La rue Froide, Coppet, Vaud, Suisse (04.08.1919)
197. Peissy, Genève, Suisse (24.01.1920)
198. Ferme et location inconnu
199. St. Alban-Tal, Bâle, Suisse. (1946)
200. Maison typique region St.Alban-Tal, Bâle, Suisse? (1946)
201. Le quai du Seujet (maintenant quai Turrettini) Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse. (1924).
202.Nature morte. Flowers in brown pot
203.Nature morte. Pansies in blue pot
204.Nature morte. Flowers in brown pot
205.Nature morte. Flowers in green pot
206.Quai du Seujet, Genève, Suisse.
207. Maisons du quartier Place Bemont, La Cite, Genève, Suisse. (No.55 montre les memes maisons)
208.Maisons du quartier Place Bemont, La Cité, Genève, Suisse. (No.54 montre les memes maisons)
209.Vue de l'apartement de Maurice Kaspar, Grand Rue 17, Genève, Suisse, sur la rue Verdaine et L’église Saint-Germain et La Cité. (28.01.20).
210. Carte de menu fait par Maurice Kaspar avec l'image de Musée Rath, Genève, Suisse
211. Le cour du Collège Calvin, Genève, Suisse
212. Église inconnu

Inventory & Credits Contd.


LAURENT FILLARD, Geneva, Switzerland.

213-283. Laurent Fillard's Grandfather's House in Bardonnez. c1940, plus 69 original MK Paintings being photographed and identified.

RUSTAM-MARC MEHTA, New Haven, New York.

285. Schloss Bottmingen (la partie a gauche) près de Bâle, Suisse (1946)
286. Château de Marclaz, Thonons-les-Bains, Haute Savoie, France (C.E.L.A. Print No. 1010)

JUSTIN TREVELLYAN, Geneva, Switzerland.

287. Allée du Sel - ruelle quartier de Saint-Gervais, Genève, Suisse. Démolis en 1931. (10.11.1920)?
288. Chaises dans un jardin. Unknown location.

VALERIE GAILLARD-EXCELL/LINDA TEMPLER, Durham, England

289. L'Église et village de Kippel, Lötschental, Valais, Suisse (Probably
painted the same time as René Dee's No.87, c.1932).
290. View of Cathédrale St. Pierre and the "Vieille-Ville" of Genève, Suisse.

Inventory & Credits Contd.


FARAH-LISETTE MEHTA-ADHI, Chicago, USA

291. Pont/ville inconnu, peut-être Bâle?
292. Saint-Saphorin - Lavaux, Vaud, Suisse (C.E.L.A. Print?)
292. Saint-Saphorin - Lavaux, Vaud, Suisse (C.E.L.A. Print?)

MATTHEW FREDERICK DEE, Amman, Jordan.
293. L'Église et village de Kippel, Lötschental, Valais, Suisse

EKRAM EL HUNI-DEE, Amman, Jordan.
294. Le cour du Collège Calvin (en hiver), Genève, Suisse.

ANDREA ZOE GAILLARD-DAVEY, Zimbabwe
295. Nature Morte, Fleurs

NB 1. The C.E.L.A. prints identified in the inventory were published by Comptoir d’Éditions Lithographiques Artistiques of Geneva between 1935 and 1941 in a book/booklet entitled something like Villages Suisses et Typique.

Inventory & Credits Contd.


Postcards of MK’s paintings have also been published by C.E.L.A. of Annemasse, France, as three of his St. Tropez paintings have been found in this form. The established Geneva printer, C. Piazzalunga, used prints of Maurice Kaspar to make annual promotional calendars for his business each year. Two of these have been found showing the prints Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France (C.E.L.A. Print No.1009) and Le Port, Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France (C.E.L.A. Print No. 1012). What relationship may have existed between the C.E.L.A. and Piazzalinga printers, or between Maurice Kaspar and with Piazzalunga is unclear.

NB 2. The Sorral painting listed at No.43 of René Dee’s paintings above was made into a 150-piece wooden jigsaw puzzle by Zig-Zag of Geneva. This could have been a company associated with C.E.L.A. because it records the C.E.L.A. identification number 1016 on it.


The Life & Works of Maurice André Kaspar, 1892-1946.
A Swiss Watercolour Artist and Architect Revealed,
Bankside Gallery, London, England.
12-17 July 2022

Organised by René Dee rene.dee@talk21.com

Front cover portrait of Maurice André Kaspar by Pedro Meylan, 1944. Carouge Museum Dictionnaire information by Carouge Museum/Ville de Carouge. 75th Anniversary Brochure by La Palette Carougeoise. Photos of Geneva College from Gymnasia Genevensis.