Franz Gertsch ranks among Switzerland’s most important contemporary artists. His hyperrealistic paintings that invariably turn on the theme of reality as also the woodcuts that are remarkable in terms of both format and technique are both visually and conceptually challenging. Taking photographs as his starting point, his works follow their own immanent logic in which the purity of the material is part of the programme.
1930 born in Mörigen, Canton Bern
1947–1950 apprenticeship in the art school of Max von Mühlenen, Bern
1972 join the documenta 5, Kassel
1978 and 1999 join the Venice Biennial
2002 opening of the museum franz gertsch in Burgdorf
2007 starting of "Four Seasons" series ("Autumn" 2007/08, "Summer" 2008/09 and "Winter" 2009)
2011 finish of the "Spring"
Museum Franz Gertsch