Ferdinand Hodler


The art of the Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler has two sides: One is the graphic, close to Art Nouveau, and the other is the veduta with its calmness and power. Hodler, like so many European artists at the turn of the millennium, felt an affinity with symbolism, with the romanticism of contemporary art.

Atmospheric depictions of interiors, individual and group portraits and the depiction of two-dimensional, symbolic nature became Hodler's trademark. The latter is a tribute to the rich landscape of Switzerland of which he is the most important artist. After his first successes and great recognition in Paris and Vienna, Hodler also became known in Germany, where he received commissions for large murals, such as in Hanover and Jena.