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Magnificent Mountain Landscapes of Ferdinand Hodler

20th century

Magnificent Mountain Landscapes of Ferdinand Hodler

Ferdinand Hodler is the most influential Swiss artist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The most popular paintings by Hodler have been his landscapes which in his own words, bring out “nature’s essential beauty”. Sadly, Hodler saw himself primarily as a figure painter, and made his reputation through large, figurative compositions with cosmic symbolic themes that preoccupied many late-19th-century European artists.

In the mid- to late 19th century, the Swiss landscape was overrun by tourists for the first time, and Switzerland began to experience the full effects of industrial development. Hodler’s landscapes is untouched, without a trace of the industrial age. The Hodler’s nature is ideal.


For Hodler, landscape painting had a philosophical dimension. Painter’s goal was to reveal the laws of nature and of the world through a patient, structured study of the location.

Ferdinand Hodler, Lake Thun from Leissigen, 1904, Kunstmuseum Bern

Ferdinand Hodler, Lake Thun from Leissigen, 1904, Kunstmuseum Bern

Ferdinand Hodler, Die Dents Blanches, 1917, Kunstmuseum Bern

Ferdinand Hodler, The Dent Blanche, 1917, Kunstmuseum Bern

Ferdinand Hodler, Thunersee mit Stockhornkette im Winter, 1912, Kunstmuseum Bern

Ferdinand Hodler, Thunersee and Stockhornkette in Winter, 1912, Kunstmuseum Bern

Ferdinand Hodler, Lake Thun, Symmetric reflection, 1905, Musée d`art et d`histoire, Geneve

Ferdinand Hodler, Lake Thun, Symmetric reflection, 1905, Musée d`art et d`histoire, Geneve

Ferdinand Hodler, Le Monch dans les nuages, 1911, private collection

Ferdinand Hodler, Le Monch in the Clouds, 1911, private collection

Ferdinand Hodler The Dents du Midi from Champéry 1916 Nestlé Art Collection

Ferdinand Hodler, The Dents du Midi from Champéry, 1916, Nestlé Art Collection

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Ferdinand Hodler, Das Lauterbrunner Breithorn, 1911, Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen

Ferdinand Hodler, La pointe d'Andey, vallée de l'Arve , 1909, Musée d'Orsay

Ferdinand Hodler, La pointe d’Andey, vallée de l’Arve , 1909, Musée d’Orsay

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Ferdinand Hodler, Thunersee Von Leissigen

Ferdinand Hodler Mount Niesen Seen from Heustrich, 1910

Ferdinand Hodler, Mount Niesen seen from Heustrich, 1910, Kunstmuseum Basel

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