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René Groebli

Born: Oct 9th, 1927 in Zürich (CH)

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Cataloges:

René Groebli - Rail Magic -, Rail Magic 1949 - extended new edition 2006

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René Groebli
Its friends, well-known Swiss photographers Jakob Tuggener and Robert Franc had large influence on the early photographic work René Groeblis. The subjectivity in Robert Franks work busy René Groebli and led it to its own subjective-poetic picture language. Groebli wanted to photograph, what is not seizable: Movement, dynamics and speed as with the "Rail Magic", a trailblazing photo essay, which 1949 developed and in an interaction of smoke, smell, landscape, romance and tendency the French steam railway has feelings as symbol of the strength symbol light and as with "The Eye of Love", a photographic dear poem, a work of fully timeless poetry, which 1953 developed.

Also the photographer Edward Steichen, at that time already curator at the museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, was impressed of the series "Eye of Love", which 1954 appeared as small book in an edition from 1000 pieces. Together with Robert Franc came Edward Steichen 1953 to Zurich, in order to investigate for its large exhibition project "The Family of Man". Steichen visited that at that time 26 year old photographers Groebli, whose sitting act from the available series he acquired immediately for the renowned photographic collection of the MoMA. In addition Groebli was invited from it to the participation in the exhibition "The Family of Man", which was shown later world-wide in numerous museums.

The late wedding journey of René Groebli and his Mrs. Rita in the year 1953 led the two to Paris and Southern France. The series developed there is a concentration on a temporally short and emotional situation. The pictures captivate the play with the silhouette, the absorbed light, the deep shade, the contrast of sharpness and unsharpness, veiling and revealing by the beauty of the movements. They live on the suggestion and the association. One sees still life, a interieur of the hotel room, a view from the window, a scene in the neighbouring cafe - however in the center stands for something, which the photographer with the eyes of the love regards: his wife. Rita.
(excerpts from the accompanying text in the Reprint, 2002 "The eye of Love" of Birgit Filzmaier)


Art objects of this artist

Groebli, René ◊ burned trees III, 1982
Groebli, René ◊ burned trees III, 1982

Groebli, René ◊ burned trees II, 1982
Groebli, René ◊ burned trees II, 1982

Groebli, René ◊ burned trees I, 1982
Groebli, René ◊ burned trees I, 1982

Groebli, René ◊ Dance, 1949
Groebli, René ◊ Dance, 1949

Groebli, René ◊ New York Melancholia # 725, 1978
Groebli, René ◊ New York Melancholia # 725, 1978

Groebli, René ◊ New York Melancholia # 723, 1978
Groebli, René ◊ New York Melancholia # 723, 1978

Groebli, René ◊ Eye of love, 1953
Groebli, René ◊ Eye of love, 1953

Groebli, René ◊ Grasshopper, 1952
Groebli, René ◊ Grasshopper, 1952

Groebli, René ◊ Irland III, 1981
Groebli, René ◊ Irland III, 1981

Groebli, René ◊ Magic of the Rail 1949, 1949
Groebli, René ◊ Magic of the Rail 1949, 1949

Groebli, René ◊ Magic of the Rail, #394, 1949
Groebli, René ◊ Magic of the Rail, #394, 1949

Groebli, René ◊ Irland , 1981
Groebli, René ◊ Irland , 1981

Groebli, René ◊ Irland , 1981
Groebli, René ◊ Irland , 1981

Groebli, René ◊ flight crash, New York, 1978
Groebli, René ◊ flight crash, New York, 1978

Groebli, René ◊ Nude, 1970
Groebli, René ◊ Nude, 1970

Groebli, René ◊ portrait, 1970
Groebli, René ◊ portrait, 1970

Groebli, René ◊ Wheel of locomotive, 1959
Groebli, René ◊ Wheel of locomotive, 1959

Groebli, René ◊ Eye of love #521, 1953
Groebli, René ◊ Eye of love #521, 1953

Groebli, René ◊ Eye of love #519, 1953
Groebli, René ◊ Eye of love #519, 1953

Groebli, René ◊ Eye of love #507, 1953
Groebli, René ◊ Eye of love #507, 1953

Groebli, René ◊ Rail Magic, # 559, 1949/later
Groebli, René ◊ Rail Magic, # 559, 1949/later

Groebli, René ◊ Rail Magic, # 579, 1949/later
Groebli, René ◊ Rail Magic, # 579, 1949/later

Groebli, René ◊ Rail Magic, # 573, 1949/later
Groebli, René ◊ Rail Magic, # 573, 1949/later

Groebli, René ◊
Groebli, René ◊ 'The Eye of Love', # 521, 1953

Groebli, René ◊ The Eye of Love, # 519, 1953
Groebli, René ◊ The Eye of Love, # 519, 1953

Groebli, René ◊ The Eye of Love, # 507, 1953
Groebli, René ◊ The Eye of Love, # 507, 1953

Biography


René Groebli
Reports, picture essay, landscapes, Portraits, act.
In the 60's master in the area of the color photography. Today it becomes in particular because of its early railway pictures and act studies estimated.
1942 first photographs with the Rolleiflex
1943 photographer teachings in Zurich
1945 specialized class for photography at the college of arts and crafts Zurich
Theory as a movie camera man, 1948 diploma as a documentary film cameraman
1949 "Rail Magic", first book
1954 "The eye of love"



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Current and past exhibition-dates and information
Sep 4th, 2005
René Groebli - photographs-
Jan 17th, 2009
René Groebli "Retrospective"
Dec 25th, 2015
Love is...
Jan 11th, 2020
Vernissage 30 years in focus Gallery, Cologne


More dates:

René Groebli - exhibitions/selection

1951 - Saarbruecken - subjective photography
1952 - Luzern - world exhibition photography
1955 - MOMA, New York - Family of Man
1974 - Art gallery Zurich
1978 - Arles RIP
1981 - Museum Folkwang, Collection Otto Steinert
1990 - Paris, Centre national de la photo
1991 - Tarazona, Spain
1992 - Geneva, Centre de la photography
1992 - Paris, Mois de la photo
1993 - Cottbus, Brandenburg Art collections
1998 - Paris, gallery Camera Obscura
1999 - Art gallery Zurich - retrospective
2002 - Lausanne, Musée de l'Elysée
2002 - Zurich, Nikon image House
2003 - Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, the USA
2005 - in focus gallery , Cologne
2005 - Kecskemet, Hungary, Ungarni Photo museum
2006 - Leipzig, photo and camera museum curated
by in focus gallery, Cologne
2009 - in focus Galerie, Köln - Retrospektive
- Retrospektive Hamburg, Berlin
2011 - Hamburg, Deichtorhallen, Eyes on Paris
- Winterthur, Fotomuseum, Die Schweiz im
Fotobuch



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Pressreleases
Jul 20th, 2011
"Eyes on Paris - Paris im Fotobuch 1890 Bis Heute", curated by Hans-Michael Koetzle Exhibition with loans by in focus Galerie


More publications

René Groebli - catalogues and books:

1949 René Groebli, "Rail Magic", Zurich
1954 René Groebli, "The eye of the love" Zurich
1965 René Groebli, variation I, CH, GB, the USA
1971 René Groebli, variation II, CH, GB, the USA
1992 René Groebli, visions, Sulgen - Switzerland
1995 René Groebli, magic you Rail, photoarchives 2,
Neuchatel, Switzerland
2000 René Groebli, Ireland
2002 René Groebli, Eye of love, Reprint of 1954
2006 René Groebli, "Rail Magic", Zürich, Paris



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