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Jedlicka, Gotthard

    Image Credit: Carter Museum

    Full Name: Jedlicka, Gotthard

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1899

    Date Died: 1965

    Home Country/ies: Switzerland


    Art historian and author. Jedlicka wrote his dissertation in 1929 on Toulouse-Lautrec. Jedlicka kept “Taghefte” or pocket-sized notebooks, writing down personal impressions and encounters with people. These include famous artists, such as Alberto Giacometti. His papers, including his diaries, are housed at the Zentralbibliothek in Zürich. He is buried in the Enzenbühl cemetery in Zürich. In 1954, while working on his Ordinarius on Ferdinand Holdler, Jedlicka discovered a painting in a Geneva gallery Waldinneres bei Reichenbach (1903). He recommended its purchase for the University in Zürich. In 1998 it was discovered to have been stolen in 1945 from a bank. The question, raised much after Jedlicka’s death as to whether he could have known this or not, remains unresolved.

    Selected Bibliography

    [dissertation] Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: 1864-1901. Bern: Laupen, 1929, 2nd ed. 1943; Alberto Giacometti als Zeichner. Olten: s.n., 1960; Anblick und Erlebnis: Bildbetrachtungen. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 1955; édouard Manet. Erlenbach-Zürich: E. Rentsch, 1941; Die Matisse Kapelle in Vence: Rosenkranzkapelle der Dominikanerinnen. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1955; edited by Jedlicka, Friedel and Weber, Werner. Max Gubler. Frauenfeld, Stuttgart: Huber, 1970; Pariser Tagebuch. Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1953; Wilhelm Gimmi als Zeichner. Olten: privately printed for the Vereinigung Oltner Bücherfreunde, 1961; Pierre Bonnard: ein Besuch. Erlenbach-Zürich: E. Rentsch, 1949; Pieter Bruegel: der maler in seiner zeit. Erlenbach: E. Rentsch, 1938, 2nd ed. 1946; Anblick und Erlebnis; Bildbetrachtungen. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 1955; Spanische Malerei. Zürich: Atlantis-Verlag, 1941, English: Spanish Painting. Trans. J. Maxwell Brownjohn. New York: Viking Press, 1964.


    Hüttinger, Eduard und Lüthy, Hans A. Gotthard Jedlicka: eine Gedenkschrift; Beiträge zur Kunstgeschichte des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts. Zürich: Orell Füssli, 1974; Swiss National Library Archive, Jedlicka; Watkin, David. The Rise of Architectural History. London: Architectural, Press, 1980, p. 493.


    "Jedlicka, Gotthard." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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