Ferdinand Hodler

1853-1918 Switzerland/Symbolism-Expressionism

 

Brief Biography-Ferdinand Hodler was born in Bern to a relatively low-income family. At the age of fourteen, a landscape painter for tourists apprenticed him in Thun, and later in Geneva, the paintings of Alexandre Calame impressed him. In 1878, he went to Madrid and studied the works of the great masters in the Museo del Prado. In Paris in 1891, several French impressionists like Gustave Courbet influenced him, and the styles of Art Nouveau and Symbolism impressed him back in Geneva. He ultimately developed a style he referred to as Parallelism; however, his later paintings are closer to expressionism. By 1900, he enjoyed success and exhibited widely. The Berlin and Munich Secessions were only two of many outlets.

 

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The Source

The Source


The Night

The Night

Emil Orlik-

Emil Orlik Ferdinand Hodler at work on the Hanoverian Wandbild


The Day

The Day


Dying Warrior

Dying Warrior

Girl at the Window

Girl at the Window

Freiburg Bull

Freiburg Bull

Rise in Space

Rise in Space

Adoration

Adoration

The Mower

The Mower

Sensation

Sensation

The Angler

The Angler

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva seen from Chexbres

Infinity

Look into Infinity

Devotion

The Devotion

Saint Pierre Cathedral

Prayer in the Saint-Pierre Cathedral

Seated Female

Seated Female with Raised Arms

The Chosen One

The Chosen One

Bearded Man

Sitting Bearded Man


The Disillusioned

The Disillusioned

The Modern Grutli

The Modern Grutli

Child at the Table

Child at the Table

The Sensation

The Sensation

Song from a Distance

Song from a Distance

Ahasuerus

Ahasuerus

The Reader

The Reader

Charmed Boy

Charmed Boy

Spring

Spring

The Truth II

The Truth II

The Halberdier

The Halberdier

The Turner Banquet

The Turner Banquet

Netmender

Netmender

The Shoemaker

The Shoemaker at the Window

Watchmaking

Watchmaking Workshop in Madrid

Shoemaker

The Shoemaker

Running

Women Running

Unemployed

Unemployed

The Small Fishing

The Small Fishing


Unanimity

Unanimity

The Speaker

The Speaker