March 14, 1853. Ferdinand Hodler (March 14, 1853 - May 19, 1918) was one of the best-known Swiss painters of the nineteenth century. His early works were portraits, landscapes, and genre paintings in a realistic style. Later, he adopted a personal form of symbolism he called "parallelism". In this image: Ferdinand Hodler, The Reaper, c. 1910 © Christoph Blocher Collection, Photo: SIK-ISEA, Zürich
|In 1908, Hodler met Valentine Godé-Darel, who became his mistress. She was diagnosed with cancer in 1913, and the many hours Hodler spent by her bedside resulted in a remarkable series of paintings documenting her decline from the disease|
Critique from the NY Times in 1984: His work is not greater than the sum of its parts. Broken down into its parts, however, it is complex and revealing.