Artist of the moment………..Hans Josephsohn

 

 

Hans Josephson was a Swiss painter and sculptor renown for his work with the human face and figure. Hans Josephsohn was born in Kaliningrad, East Prussia in the year 1920.

After completing his high school education Josephsohn moved to Italy to study art on a scholarship. He left Italy due to its anti Jewish stance and relocated to Switzerland.

In Switzerland Josephson studied under renown sculptor Otto Müller.

The artist also produced wall reliefs in addition to his sculptures of the face and figure. These reliefs are very abstract in their appearance.

The artist was based out of Zurich, Switzerland for much of his career.

Hans Josephsohn passed away in 2012.

In this clip we view many works of Hans Josephsohn at the Yorkshire Sculpture Garden:

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When I view the figures of Josephson I am reminded of British sculptor Henry Moore. Though Moore’s work was more abstract, the figures that both artists produced have a wonderful presence of space, as if they have been standing or sitting in their locations for eternity.

Josephson’s sculptures of the face also remind of the Inuit artists. Like the Inuit people, Josephsohn tried to focus on the overall  emotion shown through the human figure rather than a specific part of the body such as an eye or smile.

His abstract reliefs are my favorite for their mix of innovative shapes and designs with traditional materials.

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1 Comment »

  1. nannus Said:

    Last year I had the pleasur to view a Josephson-exhibion in Ernst Barlac Haus in Hamburg (see http://ernst-barlach-haus.de/Ausstellungen/Archiv/ausstellungen_josephsohn.html). It was really marvelous. Some of the sculptures there where totally non-figurative, looking like tree truncs or meteorites, with rough, very interesting surfaces and textures. I absolutely love those sculptures. I have also seen one in this style (and some other of his works) in the Kolumba museum in Cologne.


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