(1944 – 2010), Switzerland

Balthasar Burkhard Biography

Balthasar Burkhard (24 December 1944—16 April 2010) was a Swiss artist who received international recognition for his large-format photographic series of cityscapes, body parts, animals and landscapes.

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Burkhard came to international attention in 1969 through the exhibition of large-format photographs created together with the Bernese artist Markus Raetz, which included a 1:1 scale photograph of Raetz's study. Burkhard and Raetz were the first artists worldwide to expose photographs directly onto canvases using a self-developed technique.

Much light, just as much shadow, and not a trace of chromatism. Balthasar Burkhard exercises exceptionally economical restraint in his use of technical means. His works manifestly verge on other arts such as painting, sculpture and architecture. Balthasar Burkhard's photographic oeuvre stands out for its hermeticism and poetic depth. Sparingly reduced as these pictures may appear to be at first glance, the attentive viewer will soon find him or herself immersed in the hidden emotional potential associations they release. The theme in his alp pictures, for example, is the convergence of lightness and strength, of delicacy and monumentality. Here, the alps becomes a metaphor for the marriage of heaven and earth.

Balthasar Burkhard's work was the subject of three important retrospective surveys in the Museum Folkwang 2018, Fotomuseum Winterthur/ Fotostiftung Schweiz, 2018 and at the Museo d'arte della Svizzera itlaliana, Lugano, 2018

Text courtesy Buchmann Galerie.

Balthasar Burkhard Featured Artworks

Normandie by Balthasar Burkhard contemporary artwork photography
Balthasar BurkhardNormandie, 1995Gelatin silver print on baryta paper / Vintage print by the artist, with artist steel frame
90 x 130 cm
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Himmel by Balthasar Burkhard contemporary artwork photography
Balthasar BurkhardHimmel, 2003Gelatin silver print on baryta paper / Vintage print by the artist, with artist steel frame
125 x 158 cm
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Mexico City by Balthasar Burkhard contemporary artwork photography
Balthasar BurkhardMexico City, 1999Gelatin silver print on baryta paper, vintage print by the artist, with artist steel frame
110 x 132 cm
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Tokyo by Balthasar Burkhard contemporary artwork photography
Balthasar BurkhardTokyo, 2000Silver gelatin on baryta paper, vintage print by the artist, with artist steel frame
158 x 125 cm
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Los Angeles by Balthasar Burkhard contemporary artwork photography
Balthasar BurkhardLos Angeles, 1999silver gelatin on baryta paper
125 x 158 cm
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