Robert Salomon Gessner
(Zurich 1908 – 1982 Locarno)
Signed in Pencil Rob S. Gessner, 1935
Dimensions: 24.5 X 32 cm
Swiss artist Rob S. Gessner was born into a distinguished and well known Zurich family whose direct ancestors included the Zurich-born poet and painter Salomon Gessner (1730-1788).
From 1925 to 1927 Gessner studied to be a window decorator at the department store Jemoli, and subsequently entered Zurich’s school of applied arts. His teachers there inclued Karl Hügin, Otto Meyer-Amden and Ernst Gubler. During the 1940s he enjoyed a growing success as an advertising illustrator, even as he continued to work as an independent artist, creating paintings, engravings and collages. Key influences on Gessner’s work included Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Wassily Kandinsky und Paul Klee.