Rudolf Häsler - Amerikanische Landschaft. Brooklyn., 1978-1979
Oil on canvas
43,3 x 152,4 cm
Rudolf Häsler (*29.7.1927 Interlaken - 18.1.1999 Sant Cugat del Vallès), is one of the most independent Swiss artists of the 20th century. In the 1970s, Häsler developed a meticulous realism that can be assigned to the hyperrealist school and allows comparisons with the work of Franz Gertsch, Ralph Goings or Antonio López Garcia. In the works created during his stay in the USA, this transformation to critical realism is particularly visible.
The landscape-format work American Landscape. Brooklyn. shows the New York district in an industrial, almost depopulated state. Only the rear part of a car on the left of the picture indicates that humanity still exists. Häsler has always been more than just an artist, and throughout his life he was also preoccupied with philosophy and political realities. Through his hyper-realistic representation, he presents his thoughts as truth, which leads the viewer to question what reality actually is.