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Rudolf Häsler - Amerikanische Landschaft. Brooklyn., 1978-1979

  

Rudolf Häsler - Amerikanische Landschaft. Brooklyn., 1978-1979, Öl auf Leinwand, 43,3 x 152,4 cm


 

Rudolf Häsler - Amerikanische Landschaft. Brooklyn., 1978-1979
Oil on canvas
43,3 x 152,4 cm

Rudolf Häsler (*29.7.1927 Interlaken - 18.1.1999 Sant Cugat del Vallès), is one of the most independent Swiss artists of the 20th century. In the 1970s, Häsler developed a meticulous realism that can be assigned to the hyperrealist school and allows comparisons with the work of Franz Gertsch, Ralph Goings or Antonio López Garcia. In the works created during his stay in the USA, this transformation to critical realism is particularly visible. 

The landscape-format work American Landscape. Brooklyn. shows the New York district in an industrial, almost depopulated state. Only the rear part of a car on the left of the picture indicates that humanity still exists. Häsler has always been more than just an artist, and throughout his life he was also preoccupied with philosophy and political realities. Through his hyper-realistic representation, he presents his thoughts as truth, which leads the viewer to question what reality actually is.

Rudolf Häsler - Amerikanische Landschaft. Brooklyn., 1978-1979, Öl auf Leinwand, 43,3 x 152,4 cm


 

Rudolf Häsler - Amerikanische Landschaft. Brooklyn., 1978-1979, Öl auf Leinwand, 43,3 x 152,4 cm

About artist
Rudolf Häsler
Interlaken, 1927 — 1999

Rudolf Häsler (29.7.1927, Interlaken - 18.1.1999, Sant Cugat del Vallès) has worked as a primary school teacher in Interlaken since 1947. At the same time, however, he took painting lessons and travelled throughout Europe. In 1952 he gave up teaching and devoted himself completely to art. Trips to the Sahara, Seville, Granada, Italy, Yugoslavia, and Andalusia followed. In 1956 he met María Dolores Soler in Granada. In 1957 he travels with her to Cuba to her hometown Santiago de Cuba and marries her there. Fascinated by the country, Häsler decided to stay in Cuba and started a family there.
In Cuba, Häsler experienced the climax of the Cuban Revolution, and he himself was enthusiastic about the atmosphere of change. He wanted to play an active role in this social change and joined a group of artists who were particularly dedicated to art on buildings. He also developed a concept for the establishment of a nationwide ceramics industry, which was approved by the government. Häsler was promoted to managing advisor in the newly founded National Institute of Decorative Arts and was made director in 1960. He is the second highest foreign deputy in the Cuban state after the Argentinean revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the then Minister of Industry.