After a decade of exclusive concentration on the woodcut as an artistic medium, Franz Gertsch resumed painting again, using his wood-engraving experience to develop a unique style, yet one grounded within the principles of realism. Franz Gertsch–Silvia is a thoughtfully written, in-depth chronicle of the process of creating one painting. The author’s use of precise technical terms for the anatomical and artistic details within the painting manages to give coherent shape to this portrait of a young woman. In designing the book, this parallel process of creation has been interspersed with photographs of the painting process as well as with details from the finished painting. As a result, the portrait of Silvia is assembled not only through the linguistic form of the description but also through a visual process.