Lot 3036 - A197 Swiss Art - Friday, 02. July 2021, 02.00 PM

FERDINAND HODLER

(Bern 1853-1918 Geneva)
Study of a warrior for ‘The Battle of Morat'. 1917.
Oil over pencil on paper.
Signed lower right: F. Hodler.
43 × 54 cm.

Provenance:
- Collection of Alfred Dimier, Geneva, acquired directly from the artist (label verso).
- Collection of Ferdinand Wortmann, Basel.
- Collection of Arthur Stoll, Arlesheim, 1954–72.
- Korfeld and Klipstein sale, Kunstwerke aus der Sammlung Arthur Stoll, Bern, 18.11.1972, Lot 117.
- Collection of Karl Steiner, acquired from the above auction.
- Swiss private collection.

Exhibited:
Geneva 1938, F. Hodler. Exposition commémorative à l'occasion du XXème anniversaire de sa mort, Galerie Moos, Geneva, 19.5.–19.6.1938, no. 148, as 'Etude pour Morat. 1917' (label verso).

Literature:
- Marcel Fischer: Sammlung Arthur Stoll. Skulpturen und Gemälde des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, pub. by Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zurich 1961, no. 395 (with ill.).
- Hansjakob Diggelmann: Die Werke Ferdinand Hodlers in der Sammlung Arthur Stoll, in: Brugger Neujahrsblätter 1972, p. 131, 241, no. 72.
- Jura Brüschweiler and Rudolf Koella: Ferdinand Hodler. Sammlung Steiner, Zurich 1997, p. 117/118, 247, ill. 44.

This watercolour is a study for the warrior fighting with a two-handed sword in the front left of the composition ‘The Battle of Morat’ from 1917.

According to Jura Brüschweiler, this study belongs to the second phase of Hodler's work on the history painting and shows a distinctly silhouetted, sword-thrusting figure seen from behind. It belongs to the rich study material with which Hodler gradually refined his pictorial idea for Morat (see also Lot 3031).

CHF 10 000 / 15 000

€ 9 350 / 14 020

Sold for CHF 11 250 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.