Ferdinand Hodler, Transition, 1886-94

More about the fascinating and influential Hodler.

The Eclectic Light Company

The first article in my series to commemorate the centenary of the death of the Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) showed some of his realist paintings from the early years of his career. During the late 1880s, he started to develop his mature style, a form of Symbolism which he referred to as Parallelism.

It was also a period of great change in his personal life. In 1887, Hodler and his partner Augustine Dupin (1852-1909) had a son. Two years later, Hodler married Bertha Stucki, but they divorced in 1891. He met his future second wife, Berthe Jacques (1868-1957), in 1894. All three of his partners modelled for his paintings, although not, as far as I can tell, simultaneously.

hodlerheleneweigle Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918), Portrait of Hélène Weiglé (1888), oil on canvas, 88.5 × 69.5 cm, Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany. Wikimedia Commons.

Hodler’s Portrait of Hélène Weiglé (1888) remains…

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