Tableau-Relief (P 952)
Oil/graphite on canvas, 213 x 69 cm (93.9 x 27.2 in)
Signed, titled and dated 1987 on the stretcher
Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris
Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague
Gottfried Honegger (1917–2016) 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.
From 1955–1958 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.
Gottfried Honegger, together with artists like Max Bill and Richard Paul Lohse, is considered one of the most important Swiss representatives of the concrete art movement. Honegger passed away at the beginning of 2016 at the age of 98. During his long artistic career, he created an extensive oeuvre of paintings, sculptures, drawings and writings. In 2015 the Centre Pompidou dedicated a retrospective to his work, focusing on his monochrome paintings, the so-called ‘tableaux reliefs’, of which the work shown here is a good example.