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Félix Vallotton was a Swiss painter.
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Félix Vallotton was a Swiss painter.

"You have no need to have read Payne Knight, or Louis Viardot, or John Ruskin, to be able to understand Mont Blanc. The Grands Mulets and the Mer de Glace would interest the merest clodhopper. This is the reason why Switzerland is with travellers an universal favourite. You can’t wrangle about the conflict of styles in a precipice; the odium theologicum has nothing to lay hold of in an avalanche."--Rome and Venice: With Other Wanderings in Italy, in 1866-7 (1869) by George Augustus Sala

The Devil's Bridge, St. Gotthard (1803-1804) by J. M. W. Turner
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The Devil's Bridge, St. Gotthard (1803-1804) by J. M. W. Turner
One version of the Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin hangs in Basel
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One version of the Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin hangs in Basel

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Switzerland is a sovereign country in south central Europe. It is bordered on the west by France, the east by Austria and Liechtenstein, the north by Germany, and the south by Italy. Official languages are German, French, Italian and Romansch. Official name: Swiss Confederation.

The Dada movement originated in Zurich during the 1910s.

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During the rise of fascism in the 1930s and 1940s a number of German, Austrian and Italian writers have sought refuge in Switzerland, such as Thomas Mann and Hermann Hesse.

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