Born in Zurich in 1914, Wilfrid Moser’s youth was marked by the paintings in the midst of which he lived, especially the Utrillos and Rouaults which his father had just acquired. A voyage to Italy revealed to him the grandiose simplicity of the Tuscan landscapes and left him filled with wonder by the light of the Sienese primitives. Several years later, he discovered Spain and Morocco which aroused his need to make color sing, and it was there that he made the acquaintance of Nicolas de Staël. Moser moved to Paris in 1945. Presented in 1952 by Louis Nallard to Jean-François Jaeger, he has been one of the most supported artists by the gallery, with fourteen solo exhibitions.

His works, which one can call expressionist, oscillate between realism and abstraction. They are strongly influenced by the intensity of Parisian experience: successions of streets, enclosed houses, butcher’s shops, metro stations and bridges. He adapted that energy in an incredible variety of media: his paintings strewn with collages, his synthetic sculptures striped with red and white or again his landscapes of mountains in shades of gray. After Hodler and Kirchner, Moser opened a new chapter of mountain painting in Swiss art. The work of Wilfrid Moser can be found in important public collections and, in 2009, the Berne Kunstmuseum gave a large retrospective of his work. On the occasion of the Centennial of Wilfrid Moser’s birth in 2014, the gallery organized the exhibition “Moser, l’insoumis, sur les traces du piéton du petit matin” with the support of the eponymous foundation in Zurich. This exhibition, presenting painting, sculptures, and drawings, offered a retrospective panorama of his œuvre attesting to the originality of Moser in postwar art.

Wilfrid Moser, Boucherie du progrès, 1964
Oil on canvas
44,7 × 57,3 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Wilfrid Moser, Cageots de la Méduse, 1976
Oil on canvas
31,9 × 47,2 in
Wilfrid Moser, Combat des Giaours, 1988
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
44,9 × 57,5 in
Wilfrid Moser, La Grotte, 1980
Acrylic on canvas
63,8 × 44,9 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Wilfrid Moser, L’affiche rouge et bleu, 1961
Pastel and collage on paper
12,6 × 15,8 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Wilfrid Moser, Le pont Alexandre, 1997
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
47,2 × 28,7 in
Wilfrid Moser, Métro-Pigalle (rouge), 1946
Oil on cardboard
17,7 × 23,6 in
Wilfrid Moser, Piétons du petit matin, 1966
Oil on canvas
44,9 × 57,5 in
Wilfrid Moser, Sans titre, 1970
Pastel à l’huile sur papier
49 × 61 cm
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Wilfrid Moser, Untitled, 1987
Oil pastel on paper
12,4 × 16,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi