Study of a standing female figure
14 Mar 1853 - 19 May 1918
FERDINAND HODLER ranks alongside Böcklin as the outstanding Swiss artist of the 19th century and is regarded as one of the forerunners of Expressionism. This brush and oil drawing is one of the many preparatory sketches for the central figure in Hodler’s monumental decoration, ‘A Glimpse into infinity’, (completed in 1916) for the Kunsthaus, Zurich. The model was Philomène Charles (as noted on the sheet: ‘philo’). Her sister Clairette, as well as Hodler’s favourite model, Jeanne Charles, all feature in the final work.
brush and red oil paint on paper
37.0 x 22.4 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mrs Rosmarie Samuelson 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
Rosmarie Samuelson, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of Mrs Rosmarie Samuelson 2013
Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London/England, Purchased by Samuelson 1976