Werner Reinisch was born in 1930 in Jokes in Bohemia, now the Czech Republic.
Until his 15th birthday, he discovers the riches of nature and cultivate an immoderate love for animals, especially horses.

He was expelled from the Sudetes after the war and found refuge in East Germany in 1946 before moving with his family to the West of the country, where he finished his study at Schwetzingen. In 1951, he was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe where Eric Heckel worked, a founding member of the group “Die Brücke”. This group had a major impact on the creation of expressionism.

He moves to France in 1961 to work as engraver in Paris in the Saint Sulpice district.
He exhibited for the first time in Montpellier between 1966 and 1968.
Then he moves to Tauriers in Ardèche, in 1969.

The Foundation Werner Reinisch, in Munich, ensures the sustainability of his immense work.
A book in German traces the artist's younger life, in the period of the second world war, from the beginning to the end.

In 2013, a large exhibition was dedicated to him at the castle of Vogue.


L'ardéchoise 2014
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Portrait en jaune


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Art books

Couleurs et Transcendance
Villages de lumière et îles de rêves