Hans Josephsohn

Hans Josephsohn

Gerhard Mack introduces readers to the Swiss sculptor Hans Josephsohn, charts the artist’s place in twentieth-century art, and analyzes the photographs that capture Josephsohn’s work in all stages.



Title Information

Gerhard Mack. Photographs by Georg Gisel

1st edition

, 2005


296 pages, 136 color and 92 b/w illustrations

20 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-701-3


In a career spanning more than six decades, Hans Josephsohn (1920–2012) has created a sculptural oeuvre that both transcends the fashions and fads of the art world and testifies to his incomparably sensitive understanding of the tensions of our age. Gerhard Mack thrusts Josephsohn’s work into the limelight in this fascinating and in-depth look at the artist and the impact of his sculpture.
Mack traces Josephsohn’s evolution as an artist, charting his initial years and first successes as he broke onto the scene and carved out a place in twentieth-century art. He explores the power and complexity of Josephsohn’s standing and reclining figures, his monumental half-figures and reliefs, and his busts, analyzing how the sculptor employs space, volume, and light in his works. Georg Gisel’s striking photographs capture the fragile and seemingly archaic plaster figures-in-progress standing in Josephsohn’s studio in Zürich, revealing them to be meditations on fate and the accidents of existence. An unprecedented study of an important, yet lesser-known, European sculptor, Hans Josephsohn is invaluable to students and scholars of art history and anyone interested in the development of contemporary and Swiss art.


Limited Collector’s Edition (50 copies total): includes a copy of the book as well as one etching and two drypoint engravings (numbered and signed by the artist), in a separate folder – all packaged together in a slipcase.

Price: CHF 1500.00 | EUR 1500.00.


Works by Hans Josephsohn are on permanent display at Kesselhaus Josephsohn in St. Gallen, Switzerland.


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Authors & Editors

Georg Gisel

Gerhard Mack