Wilfrid Moser. Milestones

Wilfrid Moser. Milestones

Oeuvre 1934–1997

This is the first comprehensive monograph of the life and work of twentieth-century Swiss artist Wilfrid Moser.



Title Information

Edited by Matthias Frehner and Tina Grütter. With contributions by Matthias Frehner, Tina Grütter, Jean-François Jaeger, and Gabriel Moser. In collaboration with Simon Oberholzer and Gabriele Lutz

1st edition

, 2009


336 pages, 324 color and 41 b/w illustrations

24 x 28 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-716-7

In cooperation with Museum of Fine Arts Bern and Wilfrid Moser Foundation


A leading Swiss painter and sculptor of abstract-figurative expressionism and an important representative of Tachisme, or lyrical abstraction, in the 1940s and ’50s, Wilfrid Moser (1914–97) has gained international recognition for his vast oeuvre of paintings, wood reliefs, and sculptures. Wilfrid Moser. Milestones is the first comprehensive monograph of the life and work of this important figure of twentieth-century Swiss art.

Published to accompany a 2009 exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, Wilfrid Moser. Milestones includes essays by leading art historians and curators Matthias Frehner and Tina Grütter that focus on Moser’s biography, his travels through Europe and Morocco, and the stages of his work. An additional essay by Gabriel Moser investigates the artist’s interest in space and the city as subjects of his work: while living in Paris in the latter half of his life, Moser became fascinated by the Métro, viewing it as a connection between hectic urban life and the classical myths of the underworld.

The premier English-language book on a significant Swiss artist, Wilfrid Moser. Milestones is an essential volume for art scholars and historians.


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Authors & Editors

Matthias Frehner

, born 1955, has been appointed director of Museum of Fine Arts Bern in 2002. After reading art history, German literature and archaeology at University of Zürich he has been curator of Oskar Reinhart Collection “Am Römerholz” in Winterthur (1988–96) and art editor with major Swiss daily newspaper Neuen Zürcher Zeitung (1996–2002).

Tina Grütter

Jean-François Jaeger

Gabriel Moser