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Ferdinand Hodler
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Sex:M
Age:158
Birth Date:March 14, 1853
Astrology Sign:Pisces
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Occupation:Artist/Painter

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FERDINAND HODLER
Ferdinand Hodler

Biography:Ferdinand Hodler (March 14, 1853 in Berne - May 19, 1918 in Geneva) was one of the best-known Swiss painters of the 19th century.

At the age of 18, Hodler moved to Geneva to start a career as a painter. Hodler's early work consisted of landscapes, figure compositions and portraits, treated in a vigorous realist style. In the last decade of the 19th century his work evolved to combine influences from several genres including symbolism and art nouveau. His approach, which he called Parallelism, is characterized by groupings of figures symmetrically arranged in poses suggesting ritual or dance.

Hodler's work in his final phase took on an expressionist aspect with strongly coloured and geometrical figures. Landscapes were pared down to essentials, consisting a wedge of land between water and sky. However, the most famous of Hodler's paintings portray scenes in which characters are engaging in everyday life, such as the famous woodcutter (Der Holzfäller, Musée d'Orsay, Paris). This picture went on to appear on the back of the 50 Swiss Franc bank note issued by the Swiss National Bank.

In 1889, Hodler married Berthe Jacques. In 1914 he condemned the German atrocities conducted using artillery at Rheims. In retaliation for this, German art museums excluded Hodler's work.

After his mistress, Valentine Godé-Darel, was diagnosed with cancer in 1914, the many hours Hodler spent by her bedside resulted in a remarkable series of paintings documenting her disintegration. Her death in 1915 affected Hodler greatly and he died on May 19, 1918 in Geneva leaving behind a number of unfinished works portraying the city.


Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Ferdinand Hodler's Personality Tarot Card The Chariot - Personality Card

Birthday: March 14, 1853

A struggle or conflict, yet strong potential for triumph over adversity.


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Based on this year's birthday

Ferdinand Hodler's Growth Tarot Card The World

Birthday: March 14, 2011

The realization of a prize or goal; success, triumph, achievement.

 

 

 

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