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Ferdinand Hodler

Bern, 1853 — 1918

Ferdinand Hodler (14.3.1853, Bern – 19.5.1918, Genf) was one of the best-known Swiss painters of the nineteenth century. His early works were portraits, landscapes, and genre paintings in a realistic style. Later, in the last decade of the nineteenth century, his work evolved to combine influences from several genres including symbolism and art nouveau. Hodler’s works were often provocative, they created several scandals and lead to contradictory discussions within the art circles. Nevertheless, he gained international recognition, participated in numerous exhibitions, and profited from great sales success. Disregarding his connections to Paris and his invitation to join both the Berlin Secession and the Vienna Secession groups, he remained a loner within the international art scene.


Exhibitions (Selection)

2019/2020 Hinter dem Sichtbaren. Von der Romantik zum Symbolismus in der Schweiz, Bromer Kunst, Roggwil.
2019 Gustave Courbet, Ferdinand Hodler. Une rencontre, Musée Courbet, Ornans.
2018/2019 Hodler – Parallelismus, Musée Rath, Geneva; Kunstmuseum Bern.
2016/2017 Hodler, Monet, Munch. Peindre l'impossible, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris; Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny.
2015 Ferdinand Hodler. Die heilige Stunde, Museum Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt.

Literature (Selection)

Hodler malt. Neue kunsttechnologische Forschungen zu Ferdinand Hodler, Schweizerischen Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zurich 2019.
Ferdinand Hodler. Eine symbolistische Vision, exhib. cat. Kunstmuseum Bern; Museum der Bildenden Künste, Budapest, Ostfildern 2008.
Gabriela Christen: Ferdinand Hodler – Unendlichkeit und Tod. Monumentale Frauenfiguren in den Zürcher Wandbildern, Berlin 2008.