Robert Zünd (1827–1909) – Tobias Madörin (1965)
A dialogue on landscape in painting and photography
1st edition, 2017
Text English and German
130 pages, 78 color and 2 b/w illustrations
24 x 32.5 cm
Robert Zünd (1827–1909) is Switzerland’s “Master of the Beech Leaf,” revered for his light-flooded paintings of bucolic landscapes. Tobias Madörin has achieved wide critical acclaim for his photographic tableaus that depict the interactions between people and their surrounding environment. Embedded in both artists’ work is a fascination with observation, or the intensity of the gaze, and so their works form a stylistically consistent pairing, the subject of an exhibition at Kunstmuseum Luzern in summer 2017.
Bellevue juxtaposes Zünd’s paintings with photographs by Madörin, some of which show the same views. Zünd’s paintings of sunlit paradises are so precisely rendered that, rather than enjoying their beauty, viewers feel compelled to look more closely. Madörin achieves a similar intensity in his photographs, working with a large-format analog camera that lends an unusual slowness and attention to detail to the photographic process. The book provides a new way of approaching the work of both artists and their perception of the landscape at the heart of Switzerland. A wealth of illustrations is complemented by essays by curators Fanni Fetzer and Dominik Müller and American historian Jonathan Steinberg.