Franz Gertsch was born in 1930 in Mörigen in Bern. From 1947 to 1950, he studied painting with Max von Mühlenen and then with Hans Schwarzenbach. In 1949, he had his first solo exhibition at the Galerie René Simmen in Bern. The pop art of the 1960s had a decisive impact on him. He travelled to Scotland and the South of France and began producing collages with coloured paper, and in 1967, he received the Louise Aeschlimann scholarship. He exhibited at Documenta V in Kassel in 1972.
In 1974, he took part in two exhibitions, Hyperréalistes américains / Réalistes européens at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and New Photo Realism at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford (US), which brought him international recognition. In 1999, he participated in the Venice Biennale and in 2002, opened his own museum near Bern. His work has recently been exhibited in institutions such as the Kunstmuseum in Bern in 2014, the Musée Jenisch in Vevey in 2017 or the Swiss Institute in New York in 2018. Franz Gertsch lives and works in Rüschegg in the Canton of Bern.
NATASCHA I, 1986
Ed. II, 6/6
105 x 90.5 cm