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October 12-30, 2022

Jacqueline Bachmann’s Natural Epiphanies by

Jacqueline Bachmann’s mythic imagery that bespeaks of an animistic communion with the forces of nature will remind the viewer of Northop Frye’s famous paraphrasing of Mircea Eliade’s writings on myths. Frye notes that the central symbolism and the central conception of myths and rituals is that a renewal in time is normally thought of as a renewal of time

The recalling and the recapitulation of sacred places within sacred time which is captured in the artist’s lates paintings. Her work celebrates and heralds the imaginative patterns of the movements of natural forces. Her work, while its pantheistic aura might easily be traced back to the German Romantics’ deep empathy with nature and later to the Transcendentalist movement’s roots in American landscape painting, particularly the Hudson River School painters in the nineteenth century, harkens to a pre-Edenic sense of oneness with the environment. Bachmann’s images are evocations of the deep symbolism of life, disappearance and rebirth embedded within the cycles of nature.

Historically speaking there is a strong universal natural theology at work here, an animistic principle, that reminds the viewer of the elemental pictorial forms of the transcendental work of early modernist artists such as Arthur Dove, the strongly delineated imagery of Rockwell Kent, and artists from Canada’s Group of Seven such as Dorothy Carr, David Milne and Lawren S. Harris. Indeed, the strongly sculptural impulse in the Jacqueline Bachmann’s works make them immediately recognizable as well as intensely realized.

It is worth devoting a bit of time to look at the structurally sound pictorial strategy the artist employs throughout her work. She adroitly translates the essential shapes of trees, rocks and water strams into enigmatic paintings. Veins of color isolate and intensify detached lines and shapes and at the same time, become equivalents for light. Thus, her formal innovation offers us sensations of breathtaking views, vertiginous and strong flows of cascading water currents --- imagery that is simultaneously benign and awesome.

Through Bachmann’s compositional and shading expertise identifiable and localized place becomes transcendent space while historical and indexical time freezes and shifts into primordial and immemorial time. The artist’s works transmutes and transforms: the materiality of the world so fervently recorded becomes transubstantiated into the world of pure presence. Materiality becomes immateriality. The pictorial codes of mimesis and representation are re-presented through the lens of Friedrich von Schelling’s natur-philosophie. Through this ideological framework a deep coherence is seen as underlying all phenomena and Nature is the embodiment of an eternal Idea.

John Austin is an art critic living and working in Manhattan.

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Cenote Bacalar, 2022, oil on canvas, 41” x 30” Cenote et mystère, 2021 oil on canvas, 39” x 27.5”
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Introspection, 2009, oil on canvas, 39” x 27.5” Courant d’algues, 2005 oil on canvas, 37.5” x 42”
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Méandre Mansoon season, 2006 oil on canvas, 41” x 35” Midnight hours, 2019, oil on canvas, 39” x 39”
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Vertige, 2007, oil on canvas,
Quand la mer se retire, 2004 oil on canvas,
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31” x 23.5”
41” x 33”
Visions Petra,
oil on canvas,
Mystère aquatique, 2018, oil on canvas,
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29.5 x 29.5”
lac, 2007, oil on canvas, 29.5 x 29.5”
Sillons verts,
on canvas,
Temps marbré, 2009,
on canvas,
Veines du temps, 2009, oil on canvas, 27.5” x


2023 Villa Dutoit, Geneva, Switzerland

2023 Gallery Bleu de Chine, Fleurier, Switzerland

2022 Artifact Gallery, New York, USA

2022 Kunsthandlung Pigmento Gallery, Luzern, Switzerland

2022 Library Julien, Geneva, Switzerland

2021 Artraction, Lausanne, Switzerland

2020 FATart Fair, Women in arts, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

2019 Art Gallery, Verbier, Switzerland

2019 Humanit’Art Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

2019 Art is Gallery, Büren a.A., Switzerland

2018 Bise Möbel, les Automnales, Bulle + Tavel, Switzerland

2018 Bienal de Florence, Italie

2017 The Connoisseur’s Gallery, Paris, France

2016-14 Gallery Art’monie Geneva, Switzerland

2016 Mines d’art Gallery, Carouge/GE, Switzerland

2016 Cariou Fondation, Manosque, France

2015 Edouard Roch Gallery, Ballens, Switzerland

2014 Gallery art, Begnins, Switzerland

2013-09 Kunsthandlung Pigmento Gallery, Luzern, Switzerland

2012 Service Industriel (SIG), Geneva, Switzerland

2012 Plexus Gallery, Fribourg, Switzerland

2012-08 Gallery la Grange, Romainmôtier, Switzerland

2011 CarArt, Garage Emil Frey, Crissier, Switzerland

2011 Plexus Gallery, Montreux, Switzerland

2010 Gallery art, Begnins, Switzerland

2009 Brennwald & Partner Society, Zurich, Switzerland

2008 Restaurant Barocco, Art & History Museum, Geneva, Switzerland

2007 Gallery 2016, Hauterive / NE, Switzerland

2006 Gallery la Tour, Bulle, Switzerland

2005 Chapelle de la Visitation, Thonon les Bains, France

1987 Hotel Hilton, Khartoum, Sudan

1979 French Alliance, Florianopolis, Brazil


2022 Swiss Society Women Artist, Leuk Schloss, Leuk, Switzerland

2022 Swiss Society of Fine arts, Chapelle des Arts, Geneva, Switzerland

2020 Women’s talent, Maison de la Culture, Sciez, France

2017-07 Collective artists for the 150 & 160 years of Swiss Society of Fine arts, Geneva

2012 « Floralis », 4 artists in the Gallery la Grange, Romainmôtier, Switzerland

2011 « Rathania’s Arts Similis Casus » Rath Museum, Geneva, Switzerland

2006-04 Europ’Art, Collective of Swiss Society of Fine arts, Geneva, Switzerland

2005 « Les Paravents » Centre d’Art en l’Ile, Geneva, Switzerland

Agents representing Jacqueline Bachmann: Gabriella Affolter, president SSFA, Berne; Artraction Society, Geneva; Alix Martin

This catalog has been published in conjunction with the exhibition of artwork by Jacqueline Bachmann

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Copyright © 2022 Images: Jacqueline Bachmann Design: Artelligent Graphics

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