Rémy Zaugg (1943-2005), born in Courgenay in the Swiss Jura, lived and worked in Basel and Mulhouse. He was - as he liked to emphasise - first and foremost a painter. However, fundamental questions about the aesthetic and ethical justification of perception - in relation to pictures, later museums and exhibitions, architecture and the city - motivated him to write early on. His first major project was the cartographic translation of a reproduction of a Cézanne painting, which he undertook while still a student in the 1960s. Since then, Zaugg has continuously reflected in writing on his own painterly projects as well as on his artistic attitude and working practice. In the process, the confrontation with the other person always played an essential role for Zaugg: whether with the artworks of other artists. Questions of painting, its propaedeutic function for shaping the world - in search of the unprejudiced existence of man - remained, whatever textual form Rémy Zaugg chose, his defining theme.