born in Basel, Switzerland, on March 27
begins four years of study at the Basel School of Design (Schule für Gestaltung Basel)
travels frequently to Paris
works as a commercial artist in Fond du Lac, then Milwaukee, before settling in Cleveland on Magnolia Drive.
wins first prize at the Cleveland Museum of Art for a large canvas — Der Kreis (The Circle).
travels to South Dakota and explores the ancient
first solo exhibition, at the Howard Wise Gallery of Present-Day Painting and Sculpture, in Cleveland, showing The Magnolia Series
drafted into the U.S. Army with the Seventh Army Headquarters in Stuttgart. During the period he creates The Stuttgart Series
a large canvas is chosen by a jury for the Bicentennial in Pittsburgh of 1958 (the Carnegie International)
returns to Cleveland
moves to New York, settling in Greenwich Village, at 25 Bethune Street, then at 33 Perry Street, and finally for the next two decades at 25 Bank Street.
marries Mary York Sampson and together they found the Bank Street Press, an independent publisher of poetry and children’s books
retrospective exhibition of 140 works on paper held at the Gewerbeverband Basel-Stadt
moves to 271 Frost Street in Brooklyn and begins his Multiple Composites Series (trompe l’oeil collages on canvas), a series which lasts through 2009
moves to 261 Water Street, and the next year around the corner to 25 Peck Slip, both in the South Street Seaport District of Lower Manhattan, for the next 14 years.
President of the Fashion Institute of Technology honors Bertschmann with the school’s rarely-bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award at its commencement exercises at Radio City Music Hall.
moves with his wife, Mary, into an assisted living facility in Holtsville, Long Island