Nearly all the works will be borrowed from the Musée Jenisch in Vevey, Switzerland, a town on Lake Geneva that Hodler visited frequently. In 2014–15, the Musée Jenisch received, by donation and bequest, more than 700 works by Hodler—mostly drawings—gathered over fifty years by artist and collector Rudolf Schindler. These rarely seen drawings offer a compelling survey of Hodler’s singular contribution to early modernism.
A modern art pioneer, renowned Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) created works that range from vast symbolist compositions to intimate, realist portraits and nearly abstract landscape paintings. This exhibition of approximately sixty works, primarily on paper, will focus on the role of drawing in his practice, from quick compositional sketches to elaborate oil studies.
Image: Detail from Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) Study for “Joyful Woman,” ca. 1911 / courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum