Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1819) was one of the best-known Swiss painters of the 19th century and the first great modern painter of Switzerland whose styles straddled the mainstream as they also ventured boldly and courageously into the innovative and the untried. And yet, his artistic stance was always determined by his own uniqueness, regardless of the stylistic isms that developed elsewhere to which Hodler's art might have had affinities. In portraiture, genre, landscape, and historical subjects, the extraordinary vision of Hodler provided a distinctive contribution to the tumultuous world of European art in the decades before World War One. This volume presents a wide range of Hodler's works starting from his early paintings - landscapes, figure compositions and portraits treated with a vigorous realism - as well as his work combining genres including symbolism and art nouveau, up to his final phase of works which took on an expressionistic aspect. The Art Gallery Series is an affordable, high
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