Franz Gertsch (*1930), Natascha IV (détail), 1988, gravure sur bois, épreuve en bleu sur japon Kumohadamashi de Heizaburo Iwano, 232,5 x 182 cm, Musée Jenisch Vevey – Cabinet cantonal des estampes, dépôt de collection particulière
Franz Gertsch (*1930), Pestwurz (Détail 1), 1994, xylographie, 85 × 107 cm, Collection d’art Nestlé, Musée Jenisch Vevey
Franz Gertsch (*1930), Dominique, 1988, xylographie, 275 × 218 cm, Cabinet cantonal des estampes, dépôt de collection particulière, Musée Jenisch Vevey
Franz Gertsch visages paysages
27 October 2017 to 4 February 2018
Vernissage on Thursday 26 October at 6.30 p.m.
In around 1985, Franz Gertsch (b. 1930) invented a woodcut technique that creates a kind of “dotted manner”. The astonishing stippled woodcuts by the painter and printmaker from Bern, often in very large format, look almost like photographs, their subtle contours and nuances bathed in the warmth of a “monochrome” colour. Drawing on the museum’s own holdings and loans from Swiss collections, the exhibition retraces thirty years of creativity that combine monumental faces with images of nature. In his portraits, which can be read just like landscapes, views of undergrowth, water and plants that are as precise as they are meditative, Franz Gertsch constantly transposes the beauty of the world into the inexhaustible space of art [rmm].
The exhibition is curated by Rainer Michael Mason, an art historian who has long been interested in the work of Franz Gertsch.