Franz Gertsch visages paysages
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.