Celebrating the work of I.J. Berthe Hess. 1925 - 1996

Welcome to the official I.J. Berthe Hess site

"I.J. Berthe Hess is an extraordinary painter; her work is war, strangely sensuous, atmospherically impressive and sensitive and yet her technique is so demanding, painstaking and apparently impossible as to be almost obsessional. The paint is built up sculpturally to a depth of two inches. Each brushstroke is short, sharp and infinitesimally small. The surface of the canvas becomes a myriad of grottos, which capture and contain the light reflecting it off at a thousand different angles."

Peter Fuller, Synthesis - A New Magazine of the Arts, 1969

Online Gallery

View a selection of paintings


Critics views and opinions

What is Bertisme?

Light, colour & technique

Her Life

A short biography of the artist

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