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1. Ferdinand Hodler
2. Caspar David Friedrich to Ferdinand
3. Ferdinand Hodler: Landscapes
4. Ferdinand Hodler
6. Ferdinand Hodler: Views &
7. Ferdinand Hodler (German Edition)
8. Hodler (Gallery of the Arts)
9. Das Engadin Ferdinand Hodlers
10. Ferdinand Hodler Fotoalbum (German
11. Ferdinand Hodler, Piet Mondrian:
12. Ferdinand Hodler: Tanz und Streit
13. Ferdinand Hodler: Sein Leben und
14. Ferdinand Hodler: Sammlung Thomas
15. Auszung Deutscher Studenten In
16. Das Leben Ferdinand Hodlers (1922)
17. Ferdinand Hodler 1853-1918: An
18. La choregraphie du geste: Dessins
19. Ferdinand Hodler Der Tag: Vom
20. Ferdinand Hodler, 1853-1918: Paris,

1. Ferdinand Hodler
by Oskar Batschmann, Katharina Schmidt, Robert Kopp, Ferdinand Hodler
Hardcover: 416 Pages (2008-07-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler is one of Europe's best least-known artists. Though he remained in Switzerland for his entire life, his international reputation has been growing in the past several decades, beginning with a traveling retrospective in the early 1970s. Hodler, who kept up on the latest movements brewing in Paris, is considered a Symbolist who tempered that movement's flights of fancy with Realism. He is regarded as a bridge between the Modern period and the impulses of mid-1800s Realism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. As may be expected with such a range of influences at the artist's disposal, Hodler's style fluctuated widely throughout his career. His most well known painting may be "The Woodcutter" (1908), which was commissioned as an illustration for the Swiss 50-franc note. "The Woodcutter" is a strange and engaging mixture of Expressionism--the subject is depicted mid-chop in vigorous brush strokes--and Symbolism, as the ghostly landscape behind the figure supports an odd, bright blue, orb-like cloud. More than two decades since his last retrospective, this fresh and extensive assessment of Hodler's paintings finds much new territory to uncover. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
If you have an interest in Hodler or Hodler's painting style, when you first handle this book, it will absolutely excite you. If you do not have a prior interest, it is as strong as to make you have an interest in Hodler.It is comprehensive and quality...

With this book, you can have detailed and satisfactory information about every period of his painting history as well as well-printed numerous paintings. Hodler's realist approach, parallelism, extraordinary landscapes, symbolism, romantic recent epoch paintings, linear drawing and more are included in this book. Thanks.

5-0 out of 5 stars milestone work on the Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler
The Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) does not fall into any school or movement. His distinctive style abstracts types of art of his era (though the style is not abstract). Yet Hodler is neither an imitator nor a precursor. He's too distinctive to be either.

Though because of elements of his style, Hodler fits within his historical era, his uniqueness is such that he has a somewhat oblique relationship to and almost no effect on the history of art. Yet this relationship to his era and his society is not "conflicted," as this term has come to be used so often for modern artists' struggles, rejections, and seeking of new paths. Hodler did not, for instance, look back. Unlike French painters (e. g., Courbet, Manet) who would be seen as the first wave of Modernism, Hodler did not consciously or explicitly reject academicism; and in so doing move into a realism. He did though naturally and effortlessly transmute it so that he might as well have intended to move from it. Hodler's affinity with academicism--fading, but still influential in the earlier years of his career--is seen in the iconic, somewhat stiff, appearance of his human figures. But such formality as inhering in 19th-century academic paintings is so different in Hodler's that one sees primarily instead his figures as forerunners by several decades of the totemic-like figures and jazzy, though formal, motifs of art deco.

Hodler's paintings are like a mix of art nouveau and art deco; though art nouveau cleared of its normally crowded, intermingled parts representing the world of nature. As the subtitle denotes, he's symbolist - yes, but mostly coincidentally in style, not meaning particularly to promulgate a symbolist worldview, or else he would belong to this school. His paintings are closer to stylized illustration art than highly-worked paintings with layered elements and complex relationships. They can also be seen as incorporating decorative features such as accentuation, isolation, and clarity. As figures of Hodler's can be seen to be forerunner's of art deco figures, so can his landscapes of rocks and shorelines be seen to be forerunners of cubism. But these can be seen as more cubist than cubism the forms and their demarcations, partaking of stylistics of decorative art, are so clean and clear. This evident feature of Hodler's art, as essayists point out, bespeaks the artist's idealism; which sometimes drifts into a type of spirituality or myth. It is this more than anything which associates Hodler with symbolism.

The work is practically a catalog raisonne with its comprehensiveness; though organized thematically rather than chronologically, and with more critique, commentary, and analysis in its text. There's a great quantity of illustration going into the breadth, variety, and detail of Hodler's work. Captions of many illustrations are like pithy essays to be read, not simply skimmed over. Several essays, some with following commentaries, discuss the varied facets of the art. The voluminous, handsome, liberally illustrated, and studious work is a milestone regarding this artist who evades pigeonholing for his individuality, grandness of artistic vision, and uniqueness of stylistic detail in the paintings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
If you like Hodler, this is an excellent book. Clocking in at over 400 pages, it is the one book on Hodler to own. The reproductions are excellent and profuse. Availability is a problem. As of Oct 2008, I purchased a copy through the german Amazon. $80 with shipping. Well worth it to me. This is an exhibition catalog, so there will not be many around. Get it while the gettin is good. ... Read more

2. Caspar David Friedrich to Ferdinand Hodler : A Romantic Tradition : Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Oskar Reinhart Foundation
by William Vaughan, Peter Wegmann, Franz Zelger, Matthias Wohlgemuth, Margarita Russell, Germany) Altes Museum (Berlin, National Gallery (Great Britain)
 Hardcover: 280 Pages (1994-04)
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Asin: 0810964325
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A book which accompanies an international exhibition of works from the Oskar Reinhart Foundation in Winterthur, Switzerland, which holds one of the worlds best collections of German, Austrian and Swiss art. The collection ranges from Romantic works to the art of the late 19th century. ... Read more

3. Ferdinand Hodler: Landscapes
by Ferdinand Hodler, Tobia Bezzola, Paul Lang, Paul E. Muller
Hardcover: 208 Pages (2004-03)
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Asin: 3908247780
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Ferdinan Hodler, a Swiss painter who lived from 1853 to 1919, is one of the most important of the country's artists. His work, situated between Realism and Symbolism, was widely shown all over Europe, prefiguring Art Nouveau and Modernist abstraction. His landscape paintings remain the most vital part of his oeuvre, for they provided his field of experimentation and a medium of reflection in which he examined and revised his oeuvre's very conditions. This book presents 70 of his most beautiful and central landscape paintings in lavish color reproductions, thereby documenting the importance of landscapes in the creative development of this seminal European painter. In his first forays into the genre, Hodler was influenced by the late Romantics and French landscape painting. Later, he developed his own quietly monumental style. In the last two decades of his life, he created landscapes that count among the major achievements of modern European painting. In this volume, in-depth essays outline the visual grammar of Hodler's landscape paintings, their function as "consensus formula," and their view of nature. Extensive captions describe in detail the visual strategies Hodler used to create his signature style. Ferdinand Hodler: Landscapes offers an indispensable introduction to the work of this Swiss master.

Edited by Tobia Bezzola, Paul Lang and Paul Mueller. ~Essays by Oskar Baetschmann, Tobia Bezzola and Paul Mueller.

Hardcover, 9.5 x 11.75 in./208 pgs / 120 color and 30 b & w. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hodler landscapes
A beautiful book with adequate information.I used this in my teaching and it was a super resource.Well worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
I was not familiar with Hodler's landscape paintings until I received this book.They are fantastic!It is well-worth the price.Some of the essays are very informative and interested; others are obtuse.

5-0 out of 5 stars An attractive publication
The book, which was published on the occasion of the exhibition: "Ferdinand Hodler. Landscapes", is divided into four main sections: Prolog; Nature; Mountains; Lakes; which in turn are subdivided. Each section and division opens with a very brief introduction of a page or two or text which is followed by a series of full page colour plates. The book concludes with a short essay: Landscape as Consensus Formula; a fully illustrated (thumbnails predominately in colour) Catalogue of Exhibited Works; a Biography; Notes and a Bibliography. There are three further essays to be found in the book: the opening "Holder Landscapes"; "Ferdinand Holder - Organized Nature"; and "The Sketched Landscape".

Illustrations predominate in this fine publication: 120 in colour plus 30 black and white, the latter includes drawings and period photographs, the former repeats in the Catalogue section in the form of thumbnails. The essays, which are illustrated in black and white, are very informative. The plates are well presented, sensibly sized on the page, although the landscape format pictures do not fair quite so well on the portrait proportion page; the colours are rich and the images crisp and clean. There are several full page bleed illustrations showing a close-up of a selected painting which clearly reveal the brush work and texture of the paint surface. Altogether a very attractive publication.

4-0 out of 5 stars Recapturing the Sublime
The Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler seems to enjoy some kind of a renaissance these days with major retrospective exhibitions (planned) in the Musée d"Orsay (Paris, 2007-08) and in the Kunstmuseum of the Swiss capital Berne (2008). This book accompanied a major show in the Zurich Kunsthaus in 2004. It excludes Hodler's portraits and (often monumental) symbolist allegories and focuses exclusively on his landscape paintings.

One reason why Hodler is interesting as a landscape artist is because he has explored the subject matter of mountains as no other painter before or after him has done (apart, perhaps, from his contemporary Giovanni Segantini). He painted about 250 landscapes, the majority of which featured mountains in some way. This book shows 70 of the most important paintings, the earliest of which dates from 1871. Most are examples of more mature work, starting around 1900.

The book is conceived in such a way that it invites us to retrace the emergence of Hodler's compositional principles in his landscape art. After an introductory section with some his early works, the book surveys how - in his treatment of trees and rocks -Hodler came to grapple with the tension between, on the one hand, his desire to creatively reduce natural scenes to their very essence and, on the other hand, nature's irreducible tectonic complexity. This tension becomes even more outspoken in his approach to the monumental subject of mountains. Hodler liked simple compositions based on obvious symmetries and geometric templates (pyramidal, striped, apsidial and ovaloid) and occasionally developed more complex forms as superimpositions of these basic schemes.

The straightforward compositional approach is backed up on his choice of vantage points which allowed him to focus on individual mountain peaks. And so it is no surprise to see the notion of "mountain portrait" evoked by one of the authors: "(Hodler) created images that no longer showed individual mountain peaks as part of a panorama but in close up view and in almost total reduction, transforming them into individual portraits." Furthermore, Hodler accentuated his motifs by eliminating irrelevant details, emphasising their linear structure.Hence the interesting tension between reduction and tectonic complexity. Hodler seemed to have said that "the viewer must be able to perceive the entire image at a glance": a thesis which deviates conspicuously from the principles held by Segantini who invited the viewer's gaze to drift across his panoramic tableaux.

In his essay "The Sketched Landscape", Paul Müller links Hodler's approach to the practice of alpine photography in those early days. Both the pioneers of mountain photography and Hodler chose very similar angles and sections. Müller refers to Danielle Nathanson who has photographed numerous motifs in the Bernese Oberland from the painter's likely vantage point: "She concludes that Holder not only adhered to the natural model, but that he also framed it the way it presents itself to the human field of vision - and to a camera lens with a regular focal length (approx. 50mm)."

However, the deeper logic between this correspondence is hardly explained. Apparently, the simple fact that both painters and photographers made use of the technological innovations of the day and chose their vantage points near the cable car stations suffices. That argumentation is weak and I personally think it is wrong to see Hodler's work as a painterly extension of the photographic logic en vogue those days. In fact, I think they may in some ways be very much at odds.

For a start, one should not forget that by the time Hodler developed his mature style, end of the 19th century, photography was around already for a long time. Photography was a technological innovation that, long before the days of globalisation, diffused astonishingly rapidly across the globe. By 1900, photography had been well entrenched for around 50 years. Just as television is a taken for granted fixture in our current media environment, so photography must have long lost its avant-garde lustre already by the time Holder got to work in earnest. Indeed, early examples of Alpine photography date already from the 1850s, not from the 1880s as is suggested in this book. In the late 19th century, Alpine photography had even been thoroughly commercialised: studio portraits were made in heroic poses against the background of a mountain decor and "Kaufbilder" (postal cards) with mountain scenes were all over the place.

Rather than to extend the photographic logic, Hodler may have been interested in "saving" the mountains from disappearing in this inflation of technically reproduced images. So, he paints iconic portraits of mountains, reducing them to their very essence (an essence which photography, infatuated by its ability to reveal tectonic complexity, often obscured) and investing them with a metaphorical rhetoric (cloud arabesques, mystic light) that is at odds with the documentary ethos of contemporaneous photography. Seen from this angle, Hodler's project consisted essentially in salvaging the notion of "the sublime" that had been drifting around the (visual) experience of the mountain world since Edmund Burke wrote his celebrated essay. This line of reasoning, by the way, seems to be more in line with the argument developed in this book by Oskar Bätschmann in his essay "Ferdinand Hodler - Organized Nature".

The book closes with a survey of Hodler's paintings of lakes, many of them dating of the later years in life, followed by a well documented catalogue of the exhibited works.

All in all this is an excellent volume. It shows a coherent, representative selection of Hodler's landscape works, complemented by short, thoughtful essays. The book is nicely produced with quality printing on a fine stock of paper. ... Read more

4. Ferdinand Hodler
by Heinz Bütler
Hardcover: 135 Pages (2004-12-31)

Isbn: 3716513466
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 Unknown Binding: Pages (1931-01-01)

Asin: B000RIC5QC
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6. Ferdinand Hodler: Views & visions
by Ferdinand Hodler
 Paperback: 175 Pages (1994)
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7. Ferdinand Hodler (German Edition)
by Ferdinand Hodler
Hardcover: 297 Pages (1999)

Isbn: 3777482102
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8. Hodler (Gallery of the Arts)
by William Hauptman
Paperback: 112 Pages (2008-10-01)
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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 Seriesis an affordable, high ... Read more

9. Das Engadin Ferdinand Hodlers und anderer Kunstler des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts: Bundner Kunstmuseum Chur, 31. Marz bis 10. Juni 1990 : Segantini Museum, ... Juni bis 15. September 1990 (German Edition)
 Unknown Binding: 122 Pages (1990)

Isbn: 3905240157
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10. Ferdinand Hodler Fotoalbum (German Edition)
by Jura Bruschweiler
Hardcover: 231 Pages (1998)

Isbn: 3716511110
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3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but lacks colour
Good black and white collection of shots of Holder in studio and with models (some model shots are alongside the relevant portraits/paintings). However the downside is that there are no colour reproductions of the final paintings, to give a rounded perspective on the creative process at play. By the way, I ought add that the text is in German. ... Read more

11. Ferdinand Hodler, Piet Mondrian: Eine Begegnung
Hardcover: 299 Pages (1998-01)
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12. Ferdinand Hodler: Tanz und Streit : Zeichnungen zu den Wandbildern : Blick in die Unendlichkeit Floraison, die Schlacht bei Murten aus der Graphischen Sammlung (Sammlungsheft) (German Edition)
by Kunsthaus Zurich
 Unknown Binding: 399 Pages (1998)

Isbn: 3906574016
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13. Ferdinand Hodler: Sein Leben und sein Werk (German Edition)
by Hans Muhlestein
Hardcover: 527 Pages (1983)

Isbn: 3293000207
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14. Ferdinand Hodler: Sammlung Thomas Schmidheiny (Kataloge Schweizer Museen und Sammlungen) (German Edition)
by Marcel Baumgartner
 Hardcover: 103 Pages (1998)

Isbn: 3908184886
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15. Auszung Deutscher Studenten In Den Freiheitskrieg Von 1813 (1908-1909) Ferdinand Hodlers Jenaer Historiengemalde: Auftragsgeschichte, Werkgenese, Nach ... XXVIII, Kunstgeschicht) (German Edition)
by Anna Balint
 Turtleback: 336 Pages (1999-04)
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Asin: 3631346581
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16. Das Leben Ferdinand Hodlers (1922) (German Edition)
by Ewald Bender
 Hardcover: 94 Pages (2010-09-10)
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This Book Is In German. ... Read more

17. Ferdinand Hodler 1853-1918: An Exhibition Organized by The Arts Council of Great Britain and the Pro Helvetia Foundation of Switzerland: Hayward Gallery, London, 20 May - 27 June 1971
by Robin; Boissonnas, Dr Luc; Wagner, Hugo Campbell
 Paperback: Pages (1971)

Asin: B0041RP77Y
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18. La choregraphie du geste: Dessins de Ferdinand Hodler : Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal = The fine art of gesture : drawings by Ferdinand Hodler : the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (French Edition)
by Sharon L Hirsh
 Unknown Binding: 79 Pages (1988)
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Asin: 2891920899
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19. Ferdinand Hodler Der Tag: Vom Realismus Zum Symbolismus
by Peter Vignau-Wilberg
 Paperback: 145 Pages (2003-06)
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20. Ferdinand Hodler, 1853-1918: Paris, Musee du Petit Palais, 11 mai-24 juillet 1983 : Berlin, 2 mars-24 avril 1983 : Zurich, 19 aout-23 octobre 1983 (French Edition)
by Ferdinand Hodler
 Unknown Binding: 296 Pages (1983)

Isbn: 2865450201
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