When he was a small boy, he cut out all sorts of pictures in order to recreate his own catalogue. The years passed and it was only when he retired that the owner and chief editor of the “Journal Suisse d’Horlogerie et de Bijouterie” took up pencil and paintbrush and then scissors.
With his paper cuttings, which he had coloured with gouache, Henri Marquis recreated scenes from life, between mountains, alpine pastures, local fêtes or souvenirs of holidays in distant countries.
It was in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, where he was working as an assistant doctor, that Claude Yersin began to create papercuts. Inspired by the tradition of the Pays-d’Enhaut, he created works in black and white, using, as far as possible, just one piece of paper. Familiar as they are with their harmony and symmetry, his papercuts represent the flora and fauna of the Seychelles.
When he returned to Switzerland 12 years later he ceased his papercutting and threw himself into figurative painting which he continues to practise today.