Hans Josephsohn Sculptures

Photographs by Jürg Hassler

A particular view of an exceptional oeuvre: Jürg Hassler's photographs from Hans Josephsohn's studio.


Title Information

Edited by Kesselhaus Josephsohn, St. Gallen. With contributions by Nina Keel and Ulrich Meinherz

1st edition

, 2017


96 pages, 134 duotone illustrations

17 x 23 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-796-9


As a boy, photographer and filmmaker Jürg Hassler every day passed the studio of sculptor Hans Josephsohn on his way to school. Watching the artist working captivated him and once he had finished school in the late 1950s, Hassler began working as Josephsohn’s assistant and apprentice, eventually becoming a sculptor himself. After studying photography and taking up filmmaking as well, he occupied himself with Josephsohn’s sculptural work also with the camera, resulting in countless images and the film portrait Josephsohn – Stein des Anstosses (Josephsohn—Bone of Contention), which was released in 1977.

This new book features a selection of photographs by Jürg Hassler, who predominantly works in black-and-white. Many of them have single sculptures by Hans Josephsohn as a motif, highlighting the artist’s strong archaic expressiveness. Nina Keel’s essay takes a closer look at the context of Hassler’s photographic engagement with the art of his teacher.


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Authors & Editors

Nina Keel

Ulrich Meinherz

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All presented works by Hans Josephsohn. Courtesy: Josephsohn Estate, Galerie Felix Lehner / Kesselhaus Josephsohn, Hauser & Wirth / Unless otherwise stated, all photos by Jürg Hassler.

Hans Josephsohn in the studio on Burstwiesenstrasse, ca. 1975

Relief (reg. no. 1065), 1975, plaster, 110 × 73 × 36 cm

Half-figure, end of the 1970s, plaster, ca. 90 cm

Standing figure (reg. no. 6103), 1945, plaster, 72 × 22 × 16 cm. On the left in the image: Jürg Hassler

Reclining figure, early version of reg. no. 5007, 1971, plaster, 65.5 × 218 × 58.5 cm

Reclining figure, end of the 1960s, clay, ca. 90 cm

Half-figure, early version of, reg. no. 3055, mid-1960s, plaster, 124 × 50 × 37 cm

Works in plaster and clay, 1950s–60s

Standing figure (reg. no. 6116), 1960s, clay model, 71 × 20 × 18 cm

Half-figure, end of the 1970s, plaster, ca. 115 cm

Half-figure, end of the 1970s, plaster, ca. 110 cm


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