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Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) Swiss Art Nouveau Painter

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerPortrait of Helene Weigle

Painting by Ferdinand Hodler Swiss Art Nouveau ArtistEmotion, 1902

Born in Bern, Ferdinand Hodler settled in Geneva in 1872, where he lived until his death. His subjects such as landscapes of the snow-capped Alps dotted with lakes, his portraits and his historical pictures made on commission established him as one of the leading artists of his country and one who attracted some loyal supporters at an early stage in his career.

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerLake Geneva from Chexbres (1905)

Painting by Ferdinand Hodler Swiss Art Nouveau ArtistWoman in Ecstasy, 1911

To this day by far the greater part of his extensive oeuvre is preserved in prominent Swiss museums and important private collections. In the early days of his career Hodler followed a realist approach but his landscapes and genre scenes soon revealed his desire to render ideals and the spiritual aspect of what he depicted rather than to create merely atmospheric compositions. It was primarily thanks to his friends in Geneva – including some members of the literati associated with the symbolists of Paris – that his art developed in the above direction and that his talent was eventually manifested in large figural monumental painting.

Painting by Ferdinand Hodler Swiss Art Nouveau ArtistThe Consecrated One




Hodler tried to provide a theoretical framework for his painting imbued with pantheism. Being enchanted with geometry and the newly emerged natural sciences he relied on the principle of parallelism derived from Nature which he applied in his compositions with increasing consistency, by applying techniques such as co-ordination, mirroring and symmetry.

Painting by Ferdinand Hodler Swiss Art Nouveau ArtistNight

Hodler’s landscapes always met with great success; however, his monumental, symbolic figural canvases manifesting his individual style defined by his own choice of subjects, strict lines, forms and composition as well as arbitrarily applied colors won acclaim only when his painting entitled “Night” was exhibited first in Paris in 1891 and shortly after that in Munich, Venice, Berlin and Vienna.

Painting by Ferdinand Hodler Swiss Art Nouveau Artist

From the 1904 exhibition of the Vienna Secession – which earned Hodler not only artistic but also financial recognition – he was recognized as being one of the leading figures of the European Secession. From this time he was regularly invited to prominent exhibitions and received many awards. artknowledgenews.com

Painting by Ferdinand Hodler Swiss Art Nouveau ArtistTired of Life, 1892

Hodler was the eldest of six children. His father made a meager living as a carpenter. His mother was from a peasant family. By the age of 8, Hodler had lost his father and two younger brothers to tuberculosis. His mother, remarried to a decorative painter, also died of tuberculosis in 1867. Eventually the disease killed all of Hodler's remaining siblings, instilling in the artist a powerful consciousness of mortality.

Oil Painting by Ferdinand Hodler Swiss Art Nouveau ArtistYouth Admired by Women

Hodler mostly worked in Geneva, but traveled all over Switzerland, spending summers in the mountains.
Augustine Dupin, his model, became his companions from 1884 until her death in 1908. The couple never married but they had a son Hector.
In 1887, Hodler met Bertha Stuck and 2 years later he married her. They divorced after two years of marriage.

Oil Painting by Ferdinand Hodler Swiss Art Nouveau ArtistDay (Truth)

1894 - Hodler met Berthe Jacques, a schoolteacher, who was his model and later she became his second wife. Between 1901 and 1916 he also maintained an amorous relationship with another model - Jeanne Charles.
At the age of 55 (1908), Hodler met Valentine Gode-Darel (35), a porcelain painter.
Sadly, in January 1914, only 3 months after the birth of their daughter, Pauline, Godé-Darel had an operation for a gynecologic cancer, from which she died 1 year later. Between 1912 and 1915, Hodler painted her many times. He documented her wasting and eventual extinction without mercy and yet with intense sympathy.
Hodler died in Geneva leaving behind a number of unfinished works portraying the city.
Oil Painting by Ferdinand Hodler Swiss Art Nouveau ArtistView into Infinity

Oil Painting by Ferdinand Hodler Swiss Art Nouveau Artist

Painting by Ferdinand Hodler Swiss Art Nouveau ArtistThe Holy Hour, 1912

Paintings by Ferdinand Hodler Swiss Art Nouveau Artist

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerPortrait of Berthe Jacques

Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerA Troubled Soul

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerForest Stream

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerLéman Bleu, 1904

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerAutumn Evening

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Lilac

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerApple Trees

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerCherry Tree in Bloom

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerLake Geneva with the Jura and Clouds, 1911

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerGrammont

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerLandscape with Lake Geneva, c.1906

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Salève in Fall, 1891

Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Watchmaking Workshop in Madrid, 1879

Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Pension, 1879

Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Miller and His Son with a Donkey

Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler

Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerDie Überfahrt zur Kirche, 1879-80

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerPortrait of Gertrud Muller

Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Convalescent

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerPortrait of Baroness Maria von Bach

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerBertha Stuck with Flower, 1888

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Artist's Wife

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerPortrait of the painter P. Taddéoli, 1885

Oil Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerSpring, 1901

Oil Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerDream

Oil Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerAdoration

Oil Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerStorm, 1886

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerSelf Portrait, 1873

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerSelf Portrait, 1873

Self Portrait as Student, 1874

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerSelf Portrait, 1912

Self Portrait

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerSelf Portrait, 1915

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Boy with a Pen (Ferdinand Hodler's Brother August), 1875

Reading Man

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerLardet's Daughter (1878)

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerSong from a Distance, 1906

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler1910

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler1908

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler1892

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Courageous Woman, 1886

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerLandscape with Thun Lake

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerAt the Foot of Mountain Saleve

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerLake Geneva from Chexbres, 1905

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Burgäschisee, c. 1901

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Dents Blanches Champéry in the Morning Sun, 1916

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler1902

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Grand Muveran, c.1912

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerMountain Stream at Champery

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler1912

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerMother and Child

Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerPensies

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler1911

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler1911

1885

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerPortrait of Louise Delphine Duchosal

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Disillusioned One

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler1884

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerStudent at Jena, 1908

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Merciful Samaritan, 1875

Portrait Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Red Portrait of Valentine Gode-Darel, 1910

The Sick Valentine Gode-Darel, 1914

1914

The Dying Woman, January 24, 1915

The Dying Valentine Gode-Darel, 1915

1884

Paintings by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Reaper

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerLake Thun from the Path to Schynigen Plate, 1906

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerLake Thun, Niesen

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler1891

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerThe Tree, 1895

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerMeadow, c. 1901

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand HodlerPastures on the Rhone, circa 1885

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler

Landscape Painting by Swiss Art Nouveau Artist Ferdinand Hodler

4 comments:

  1. Lovely...particularly love "Emotions" and "The Consecrated One"
    Hugs
    Marta

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  2. Amazing artist, happy you liked it, Marta!

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  3. Brilliant collection. The Troubled soul and The Disillusioned one. Landscapes are a sheer delight. warm and evocative.
    -Murzban

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  4. Thank you for posting all the beautiful images on this site. You are truly dedicated to art.

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