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Rudolf Urech-Seon

Seon, 1876 — 1959

After his apprenticeship as a house painter, Rudolf Urech (18.2.1876, Seon - 23.7.1959, Seon) established a painting business in his home village Seon in the canton of Aargau in 1905 and married Marie Baumann in the same year. Despite a secured family and professional situation, Urech decided close his business to attend the Munich Art Academy from 1913 to 1916 and pursue an artistic career. In 1918 he returned to Seon and rarely left the village after that. From then on he called himself Urech-Seon to differentiate himself from the Basel painter Rudolf Urech (1888–1951).

He began his artistic career as a naturalistic landscape painter, which helped him become a member of the GSMBA and to participate in cantonal exhibitions in 1920. But very soon, he developed compositions centered on constructive elements such as line, surface, and rhythm, which finally led to a fully abstract visual vocabulary in intense colors. Urech-Seon is the first and for a long time the only abstract painter in the canton of Aargau. However, his path to abstraction was heavily criticized in his native circles of artists. In the absence of like-minded people, Urech-Seon visited the avant-garde exhibitions in Zurich and Basel (1932 Picasso, 1933 Braque, 1938 Le Corbusier) and found confirmation of his own artistic path there. Only when he joined the Allianz (Association of Modern Artists in Switzerland) in 1947 did his work gain recognition. As a result, he showed his works in the Allianz exhibitions at the Kunstverein St. Gallen (1947), the Kunsthaus Zürich (1947) and the Helmhaus Zürich (1954), as well as in 1948 and 1950 as part of the Salon des Realités Nouvelles in Paris.


Exhibitions (Selection)

2017/2018 Rudolf Urech-Seon, Bromer Kunst, Roggwil.
2007 Ein Kunst Haus. Sammeln und Ausstellen im Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
2006/07 Kunst grenzenlos, Augustinermuseum, Freiburg im Breisgau
1991 Rudolf Urech-Seon 1876 - 1959, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
1981 Dreissiger Jahre Schweiz. Konstruktive Kunst 1915-1945, Kunstmuseum Winterthur
1948/50 Salons des Réalitées Nouvelles, Paris
1947 Allianz, Kunsthaus Zürich
1924/28 Kunsthaus Zürich
1919/20 Kunsthalle Basel

Literature (Selection)

Daniel Gutscher und Christian Herren (Hg.): Rudolf Urech-Seon 1876 - 1959. Tritt in die Neuzeit, Zürich 2017.
Rudolf Urech-Seon 1876 - 1959, Ausst.-Kat. Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau 1991.