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Magnificent Mountain Landscapes of Ferdinand Hodler

Zuzanna Stańska 20 December 2016 min Read

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. [caption id="attachment_2887" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Ferdinand Hodler, Lake Thun from Leissigen, 1904, Kunstmuseum Bern Ferdinand Hodler, Lake Thun from Leissigen, 1904, Kunstmuseum Bern[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2885" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Ferdinand Hodler, Die Dents Blanches, 1917, Kunstmuseum Bern Ferdinand Hodler, The Dent Blanche, 1917, Kunstmuseum Bern[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2886" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Ferdinand Hodler, Thunersee mit Stockhornkette im Winter, 1912, Kunstmuseum Bern Ferdinand Hodler, Thunersee and Stockhornkette in Winter, 1912, Kunstmuseum Bern[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2877" align="aligncenter" width="620"]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[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2878" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Ferdinand Hodler, Le Monch dans les nuages, 1911, private collection Ferdinand Hodler, Le Monch in the Clouds, 1911, private collection[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2879" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Ferdinand Hodler The Dents du Midi from Champéry 1916 Nestlé Art Collection Ferdinand Hodler, The Dents du Midi from Champéry, 1916, Nestlé Art Collection[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2880" align="aligncenter" width="620"]07_ferdinand-hodler_das-lauterbrunner-breithorn-i-19111 Ferdinand Hodler, Das Lauterbrunner Breithorn, 1911, Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2881" align="aligncenter" width="620"]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[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2883" align="aligncenter" width="620"]hodler-lake-thun-landscape-date-unknown Ferdinand Hodler, Thunersee Von Leissigen[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2884" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Ferdinand Hodler Mount Niesen Seen from Heustrich, 1910 Ferdinand Hodler, Mount Niesen seen from Heustrich, 1910, Kunstmuseum Basel[/caption]

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