I begin today with a Self-Portrait by the Swiss painter, Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918). I have shown you work by the Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890-1918). Both of these artists have had tremendous impact on my art, but yesterday I felt that Hodler is more profound and is able to teach me more about myself.
I was tired yesterday. I completed the framing for the exhibit at Long River Studios, hung the exhibit, then returned home. I went back into the studio to make one tired drawing. At the end of my studio session I picked up a book on Ferdinand Hodler. It moved me greatly. I could see the similarity of approach in Hodler's work and in my most recent painting, "Unexpected" (see blog post of 1/27/2012). I do not know why Hodler is not better known. Today our culture reveres Mark Rothko, but take a look at one of Hodler's great mountain-scapes (below my work) and compare it to a Rothko abstraction (immediately below the Hodler mountain-scape). The Hodler work definitely holds its own next to the exceptionally emotional Rothko painting.
At the end of today's post I show two more works by Ferdinand Hodler. The first is his wife during her final illness. The second is another one of his great mountain-scapes.
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