Franz Gertsch (Bilingual edition): Die Siebziger / The Seventies
by Kathleen Bühler (Author), Andreas Fiedler (Author), Matthias Frehner (Author), Josef Helfenstein (Author), Cathérine Hug (Author), Dr Anette Hüsch (Author), Rita Kersting (Author), Harald Kunde (Author)
A time of new beginnings In 1969, Franz Gertsch painted Huaa…!―which shows a wildly galloping man on horseback―after a film still from a magazine. Photographs have formed the basis for his work ever since, which he almost always takes himself. They include snapshots of the young Gertsch family, pictures from a trip to the South of France, photos of his encounters with Luciano Castelli and his dazzling circle of friends, and portraits of Patti Smith. This publication shows key works from the seventies, both in full views and with details in original size. Zeroing in on these almost abstract-looking details reveals the vibrant quality of the painting with its shimmering surfaces.
Franz Gertsch (Swiss, born 1930) is a contemporary Swiss artist known for his large-scale Hyperrealist portraits and landscapes. Projected slides act as source material in creating both woodcuts and paintings. In his attempt to capture the luminosity of life in a photographed subject, Gertsch uses pigments such as lapis lazuli, azurite, and malachite, as well as deviating from the source image when necessary. “The more I focus on the photographic original, the more I move away from it,” he said of his practice. Born on March 8, 1930 in Mörigen, Switzerland, Gertsch received his formal training from the Swiss artists Max von Mühlenen and Hans Rudolf Schwarzenbach in Bern. During the late 1960s, Gertsch began to paint in a Photorealist style, having made expressionistic works as a young man. Over the decades, his works have been included in several prominent exhibitions, including documenta 5 in 1972 and the Venice Biennale in 1999. The artist currently lives and works in Rüschegg, Switzerland. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Kunstmuseum Lucerne in Switzerland, and the Museum Franz Gertsch, which was built in Burgdorf, Switzerland in honor of his career. – Artnet.com
Hardcover: 208 pages
Dimensions: 24.77 x 2.54 x 29.85 cm
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag; Bilingual edition (8 Oct. 2020)
Language: English and German