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Villa Les Clématites

On 4 July 1935 the family Escher moves from Rome to the Swiss town of Château-d’Oex, out of sheer necessity. Maurits liked to stay in Italy but he had troubles dealing with the rise of fascism. When his sons had to wear Mussolini-uniforms, his limit was reached. But there was a second reason. Their youngest son Arthur suffered from tuberculosis and it would improve his health if they moved to the mountains. Nina, Jetta’s sister, already lived in Switzerland.

That’s why Château-d’Oex became an option. This town is located east from the lake of Geneva and is surrounded by mountains. The quiet and isolated Château-d’Oex differred from the hectic Rome in every way imaginable. Maurits and Jetta both had trouble dealing with the transition, but the children liked it immediately. Maurits focused on his work (and even held an exhibition in the town) and because of the isolation in Switzerland he made great progress. Yet the family moved again two years later, to the Belgian town Ukkel.

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