Oil and collage on canvas by Gottfried Honegger – Titled: Hypozentrum, 1961-1962

Original artwork by Gottfried Honegger – Titled: Hypozentrum dated 1961-1962.

Oil and cardboard collage on canvas signed, titled twice and dated on the reverse.

Dimensions: 151 x 151 cm – 59.5 x 59.5 in.

Provenance: Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, Zurich

Exhibited: Zurich, Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, ‘Gottfried Honegger: Tableaux-reliefs, Sculptures,’ January – March 1963, cat. no. 8.

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Gottfried HONEGGER (1917 – 2016)

Gottfried Honegger was born on the 12 June 1917 and died 17 January 2016. He was a Swiss artist and graphic designer. He was married to the Swiss illustrator Warja Lavater. He studied shop-window display at the Zurich Kunstgewerbeschule and taught there from 1948.

His early work was commercial graphic design. He studied at the art academy in Zurich in 1932 and first worked as a designer in 1933 till 1936. From the age of 20 he concentrated on graphic and commercial art, and it was not until 1957, with the creation of his first ‘tableau-relief’, that his career really began. From 1955 till 1958 he was art director at Geigy.

He lived in New York between 1958 and 1960, and held his first exhibition there. In 1961 he moved to Paris and concentrated on painting, which concentrated on exacting explorations of circles and squares and from 1968, sculpture.

The artist is internationally one of his generation´s most important representatives of Concrete-Constructivist Art and stands in the tradition of nonrepresentational art since the 1920s. Gottfried Honegger´s work has its roots in the Russian Avant-Garde as well as in Piet Mondrian´s abstraction. The artist expresses his ideals of responsibility, equality and solidarity in paintings, sculptures, reliefs, collages, and graphic works as well as in texts and works in the public space.

Honegger also spent time in Dallas, Texas as the artist in residence at the University of Dallas. Honegger died at his home in Zürich, Switzerland from a short-illness on 17 January 2016, aged 98.



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