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Hildegard Weber-Lipsi


Hildegard Weber-Lipsi drawing in Japan, 1963.

Hildegard Weber-Lipsi studied art in Zurich, Karlsruhe, London and then Paris, where she took drawing lessons from the sculptor Morice Lipsi, her then to be future husband. Relatively early on, in 1929, she exhibited at the Salon d'automne at the Grand Palais in Paris. Weber-Lipsi lived with her husband in the artists' colony La Ruche, before they moved to the outskirts of Paris. However, the Second World War forced the couple to go separate ways, as Morice Lipsi, who was Jewish, had to flee to the Charente in 1941. Hildegard Weber-Lipsi then returned to Switzerland and from that moment on and until her death in 2000, she lived alternately in Zurich and Paris.

In the 1950s, a growing tendency towards abstract expressionism became apparent in Hildegard Weber-Lipsi's work. She created oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings that articulate a distinct vitality and flair for life, despite – or even because of – her defining experiences, having survived two world wars. The gentle, sometimes edgy brushstrokes fuse with a seeming lightness to become powerful, expressive compositions. This poetic gestural abstraction was imbued with a proudly feminine color palette, consisting of light pastel shades in combination with strong, pure color accentuations. Weber-Lipsi was inspired on her travels – in the car, train or plane she always tried to capture the dynamic, rushing impressions. Especially Japan with its festivals and fireworks spectacles provided long lasting inspiration for atmospheric paintings, glowing watercolors and expressive drawings.

Hildegard Weber-Lipsi - Composition, 1962

Hildegard Weber-Lipsi - Abstrait, 1960er

Hildegard Weber-Lipsi - Composition, 1960er

About artist
Hildegard Weber-Lipsi
Wädenswil, 1901 — 2000

Hildegard Weber-Lipsi (1901, Wädenswil - 2000, Küsnacht) already drew as a child and began an artistic education at the age of 20. She studied in Zurich, Karlsruhe, London, and Paris, where she took drawing lessons with the sculptor Morice Lipsi, her future husband. Already in 1929, she was able to exhibit in the Salon d'automne at the Grand Palais in Paris. After a time together with Morice Lipsi at the artists' colony "La Ruche", the two moved to a farm on the outskirts of Paris after their marriage in 1930.
The war forced the couple to go separate ways for a while, as Morice Lipsi had to flee to the Charente in 1941. Hildegard Weber-Lipsi had to move to Switzerland with her daughters. From then on the family lived alternately on Lake Zurich and in Paris.
Hildegard Weber-Lipsi regularly attended the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles and exhibited her paintings in France, Germany, Israel, Japan, and Switzerland.