Wilfrid Moser: Milestones

Oeuvre 1934-1997

Edited by the Museum of Fine Arts Bern and the Pinacotea Comunale Casa Rusca, Lo

Edited by the Museum of Fine Arts Bern and the Pinacotea Comunale Casa Rusca, Lo

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

300 pages | 230 color plates and halftones | 9 x 11
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9783858817167 Published May 2009 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

A leading Swiss painter and sculptor of abstract-figurative expressionism and an important representative of Tachisme or lyrical abstraction in the 1940s and 50s,Wilfrid Moser (1914–97) has gained international recognition for his vast oeuvre of paintings, wood reliefs, and sculptures. Wilfrid Moser. Signposts is the first comprehensive monograph of the life and work of this important figure of twentieth-century Swiss art.

            Designed to accompanying a major retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Berne, Wilfrid Moser. Signposts includes essays by leading art historians and curators Matthias Frehner and Tina Grütter. Complementing the rich images, the essays focus on Moser’s biography, his travels through Europe and Morocco, and the stages of his work.  An additional essay investigates his interest in space and the city as subjects of his work. While living in Paris in the latter half of his life, Moser became fascinated by the Métro, viewing it as a connection between hectic urban life and the classical myths of the underworld.

            The premier English-language book on a significant Swiss artist, Wilfrid Moser. Signposts will be an essential volume for art scholars and historians.

Contents

Foreword and acknowledgements

Matthias Frehner

Back to Myth. Wilfrid Moser – An Overview of His Work

Introduction

I. 1934-1945: With the Gaze of the Stranger

II. 1945-1950: Transformer of Tradition and Destroyer of Bridges

III. 1951-1960: Existential Art Informel

IV. 1961-1966: Expressive Figuration

V. 1967-1975: Sculpture – Walk-in Pictures

VI. 1976-1985: Nature – Mountains and Landscape

VII. 1979-1985: Trees

VIII. 1986-1994: Dissolution of Motif and Synthesis

IX. 1992-1997: Ecstasy – The Last Works

Tina Gruetter

Paysages de Metro

Jean-Francois Jaeger

The Magical Realm of Reality

Gabriel Moser

Biography Wilfrid Moser

Appendix:

List of works

List of exhibitions

Selected bibliography

Picture Credits

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