|Lake Thun Symetric Reflection, 1905, Ferdinand Hodler |
--more than just painting technique.
|Marshland by Lake of Thun,|
|The Good Samaritan, 1886, Ferdinand Hodler. An earlier version is below, right.|
|Self-portrait with Roses, 1914,|
|Merciful Samaritan, 1875, Ferdinand Hodler|
|Today, artists would recoil at the thought of painting portraits of the dead and dying. |
A hundred years ago, artists such as Hodler found death a constant presence
in their lives and their work. This may be the artist's mother.
|Deadwood, after 1910, Ferdinand Hodler|
|La Noche, 1891, Ferdinand Hodler|
--a landscape of figures harassed by the "ghost of death."
"It is not one night, but a combination of night impressions. The ghost of death is there not to suggest that many men are surprised by death in the middle of the night, ...but it is there as a most intense phenomenon of the night. The coloring is symbolic: these sleeping beings are draped in black; the lighting is similar to an evening effect after sunset, showing the approach of night, but the effect is completed by those black drapes which partially cover the figures everywhere; they are the low, muffled notes of an austere harmony, which is merely a transcription of the effects of night. But the most striking feather is the ghost of death and the way – both harmonious and sinister – in which this ghost is represented, hinting at the unknown, the invisible."
|A Troubled Soul, 1889, Ferdinand Hodler|
|Jungfrau vue de Mürre , 1914, Ferdinand Hodler|
|Las de la vie (Tired of Life),1892, Ferdinand Hodler|