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Hans Josephsohn

With Photographs by Georg Gisel
Hans Josephsohn is one of the premier Swiss sculptors working today. For more than sixty years, he has sculpted numerous arresting figures and busts that capture the tensions of our age. Gerhard Mack brings Josephsohn’s work to the wider world in this in-depth look at the artist and the impact of his sculpture. 

Mack traces Josephsohn’s evolution as an artist, charting his initial years and first successes as he broke onto the scene and carved out a place in twentieth-century art. He explores the power and complexity of Josephsohn’s standing and reposing figures, reliefs, and busts, analyzing how Josephsohn employs space, volume, and light in his pieces. Georg Gisel’s striking photographs capture the fragile plaster figures-in-progress standing in Josephsohn’s studio, revealing them to be meditations on fate and the accidents of existence. An unprecedented study of an important, yet lesser-known, European sculptor, Hans Josephsohn will be invaluable to anyone interested in the development of contemporary and Swiss art.

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296 pages | 136 color plates, 92 halftones | 8 x 10 1/2 | © 2005

Art: Art Criticism, Art--Biography, European Art


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Table of Contents

Introduction
Childhood and Youth in Königsberg
Neo-classicist Sculpture in Switzerland
Apprenticeship with Otto Muller
The Studio on Bergstrasse
Reduction
Reconquering the Body
The High Reliefs
Half-figures and Reclining Figures
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Late Public Recognition
 
Appendix
Notes
Exhibition History
Bibliography
Photographic Credits

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