Friedrich Karl GOTSCH: The Second Expressionist Generation
The German artist - Friedrich Karl Gotsch (1900-1984) - has been recognized since the 1950s by his compatriots and in Switzerland but still remain largely unknown. As a result, AV Modern & Contemporary offers one of the largest retrospectives ever devoted to the artist presenting woodcuts from the 1920s, oil paintings from the 1920s to the 1960s and a series of works on paper. Despite he was strongly influenced by Die Brücke and Kokoshka, he quickly acquired a personal plastic vocabulary. During a long stay in Paris between 1926 and 1927, Gotsch discovered Cubism which gave him a taste for geometric construction. Even though in the fifties and sixties, Gotsch tried different approaches, while always remaining faithful to himself: a born expressionist with a powerful instinct and an immediate and intrinsic pictoriality. He sometimes accentuated a certain primitivism close to the CoBrA movement.