Werner Reinisch was born in 1930 in Jokes in Bohemia, now the Czech Republic.

Up to the age of 15, he discovered the riches in nature and embraced an intense love of animals, particularly horses.

He was expelled from the Sudetenland in the aftermath of the war and found refuge in Eastern Germany in 1946. The family then passed over to Western Germany and he finished his studies in Schwetzingen. In 1951, he was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe where Eric Heckel, one of the founders of the “Die Brücke” group from which German expressionism originated, was working.

In 1961, he came to France to work as an engraver in the Saint Sulpice district of Paris.

He first exhibited his work in Montpellier between 1966 and 1968.

In 1969, he settled in Tauriers, in the Ardèche region.

The Werner Reinisch foundation, in Munich, is a guarantee that his great works will live on. One work in German traces the artist’s youth back during the period from the beginning to the end of the Second World War.

In 2013, a major retrospective exhibition was devoted to him in the chateau de Vogüé.


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Élan vital
horse nation


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Art books

Villages de lumière et îles de rêves