The Albertina museum houses one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world with approximately 65,000 drawings and approximately 1 million old master prints, as well as more modern graphic works, photographs and architectural drawings.

The Albertina also has great contemporary art on show. If I have to choose a favorite from todays visit it will have to be Franz Gertsch’s Triptych (Scwarzwasser), a large woodcut on japan paper, made in 1991/-92, which I was not allowed to take picture of … So instead I’m showing you this:

Franz Gertsch,  Schwarzwasser, Woodcut (273 x 212 cm)

– it might give you an idea of what I have seen …? But remember I saw it in large scale, and there were three of them, side by side: it was absolutely stunning! Hyper-realistic-woodcut; I’ve never seen anything like it!

Franz Gertsch, born in Mörigen in 1930, is considered one of the most important contemporary Swiss artists. The woodcut work of Franz Gertsch is considered absolutely unique. In an unprecedented precision with respect to both cutting and printing and in monumental formats which push the limits of what is feasible in paper production, Gertsch has opened new dimensions for this traditional medium.

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5 Comments Leave a comment

  1. What an impressive print. It’s a great marriage of the subject matter with the woodgrain of woodcut. The seductive atmosphere that can be achieved with monochromatic print is breathtaking. i wish I can see it in person, what an experience to come to a large print like this. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I’m not even sure we have his work here in Basel but we should. I’ve seen him before, probably also during the ART. His museum isn’t too far from where I live… Thanks for a suggestion.
    I haven’t seen a lot of photorealism in woodcut, I agree.

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