Jahreszeiten. Werke 1983 bis 2011, by Franz Gertsch
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Born in 1930, Franz Gertsch is a Swiss painter known for his large-scale hyperrealistic portraits and landscapes. His work reflects both the contemporary sensibility of Pop Art, as well as more traditional oil painting and woodcut printing techniques.
Using projected slides as his source material, Gertsch aims to capture the luminosity of life in a photographed subject. Reality represents a pictorial and a conceptual challenge, and the paintings follow their own internal logic as he aims to reproduce what he sees in vivid and painstaking detail. “The more I focus on the photographic original, the more I move away from it.”
Focusing on his 2011 ‘Four Seasons’ cycle, Jahreszeiten. Werke 1983 bis2011 also provides an overview of the artist's work over the previous thirty years.