Trude Kreibich


Watercolour was the technique that suited her nature best for its rapid and fluid expression working without any preliminary drawing. Passionate about colours and their strengths, she particularly loved Japanese paper for its absorption qualities and its ability to render chromatic tones.

Going through particularly productive periods, she sometimes created up to 4 or 5 works a day. Such moments of intense creativity were also linked to springtime flowering which offered this artist passionate about flowers numerous models and gave her very little respite if she wanted to paint them at their most elegant before they withered.

In terms of landscapes, these came about during travels, moments captured at the destination whenever she found the view interesting. Her car thus became her "rolling studio" with pallet, paintbrushes and colours always ready to express themselves, revealing a view, a shadow or a light.

Painting played a huge role in her life but growing sight problems, particularly after the age of 90, would sadly force her to cease painting. This was extremely difficult for her as painting had always been one of her greatest pleasures. That said, the artist left us with more than 2000 watercolours but also a travel journal documenting the life of a centenarian filled with a visual journey in figurative style, sometimes bordering on the abstract, and particularly colourful.


Trude Kreibich: Painter

Born on 9 June 1910 in Kaaden (Austria), she died in 2012 in Basel (Switzerland)

A highly sensitive artist, Trude Kreibich always painted with a great deal of emotion seeking out perfection and harmony. It was in nature that she found the elements that matched her emotions: flowers, landscapes, rocks, water, the sun and clouds. Colours remained very much at the heart of her creations, thereby revealing her feelings allowing reality to be transformed into one revisited by her emotions.

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