Anne Rosat: 50 years of papiers découpés

Thu, 21. Feb. 2019

Anne Rosat’s works of art are on display in many museums and collections around the world and her exhibitions in major cities – New York, Paris and London – have raised international awareness of the Swiss paper cutting tradition.

Originally from Belgium, Rosat came to the Pays-d’Enhaut over sixty years ago. Her passion for paper cutting was sparked when she sat down to copy a work by the famous artist Johann Jakob Hauswirth as a present for her husband. This challenge led to a passion for paper cutting that has only grown stronger over the years.

Rosat has developed her own style, allowing inspiration to guide her compositions and choice of colours. Early on, the famous paper cutter Christian Schwizgebel encouraged her to introduce colour into her creations. Rosat has re-interpreted the traditions of paper cutting in a number of ways. These include the use of colour – often shades of red – to add vibrancy and dynamism; the use of layers – a technique that adds depth and contrast; the introduction of special and embossed papers; and the addition of gold
and silver – reminiscent of the illuminated manuscripts of the middle ages.

Rosat’s creations typically depict events of local village life, including the iconic InAlp when the cows move up to the mountain pastures. She says that commissioned works of art are the most challenging but she tries to accommodate the special requests of her clients as best she can.

The Galerie Paltenghi in Château-d’Oex is hosting a special exhibition to celebrate Anne Rosat’s fifty years of paper cutting from 10 February to 23 March. Rosat was delighted to be invited to hold this special anniversary exhibition at the Galerie Paltenghi, as it was here, in 2015, that the municipality of Château-d’Oex awarded her the Bourgeoisie d’Honneur. She feels it is the most appropriate place to celebrate her 50 years of paper cutting – here in the heart of the region that has fostered so much creativity and inspiration.

Sixty-two works of art, created over the past two years, are on exhibit. All are on sale and prices range from CHF 900 to 12,000. The artist will be present at the vernissage to be held on Sunday, 10 February, from 2pm to 7pm.

Guy Girardet

Galerie Paltenghi, +41 (0)79 379 54 19


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