Franz Gertsch: Polyfocal Allover


Co-published with Lars Müller Publishers
Edited by Swiss Institute
With essays by Tobia Bezzola, Eva Kenny, Timothy Leary, Dieter Roelstraete
Design: Karma

15,2 × 22,2 cm, 6 × 8 ¾ in
236 pages, 116 illustrations


A leading figure of photorealist painting, Franz Gertsch (born 1930, Switzerland) has created monumental portraits of charismatic youths and meditative depictions of nature in vivid and painstaking detail for over fifty years.

Polyfocal Allover surveys Gertsch’s paintings from 1970 to 1982 and woodcut prints from 1979 to 2019, reflecting a vision in which all that lies within the frame is accorded equal value. The essays, interviews, and conversations in this publication bring further definition to the lives and landscapes Gertsch renders with such virtuosic, eerie precision.