Museum Folkwang
Weisshorn, von Montana aus gesehen
  • Ferdinand Hodler
  • Weisshorn, von Montana aus gesehen, 1915

  • Weisshorn as Seen from Montana
  • Oil on canvas
  • 65,5 x 80,5 cm
  • Acquired 1960
  • Inv. G 312
  • CommentaryThis depiction of a lake landscape with a view of the Weisshorn and the surrounding mountains belongs to a group of paintings made in the Wallis spa town of Montana between August and September 1915, a place Holder often visited in this period in order to paint. The composition is graphically structured and makes nature appear well-ordered. In a strictly parallel manner, foreground, middle ground and background succeed one another, leading the viewer's gaze over the broad surface of the lake to the mountains rising behind. The doubling of mountains and clouds, justified as reflections in the water, also contribute to an impression of calculated order. With a compositional concept based on symmetry, pattern and graphic order, Holder succeeded in transferring the traditional veduta into a modern landscape painting. At the same time, the lake landscape gains a new quality as a metaphor for a spiritual art of cosmic harmony.
  • ProvenanceFerdinand Hodler
    Vom Künstler an die Galerie Moos, Genf
    1918, Alfred Rüetschi, Zürich
    1930, aus dem Nachlaß Rüetschis auf der Auktion Fischer, Luzern, von Dr. Willi Raeber, Basel, erworben (Auktionskatalog v. 30. 8. 1930, Kat. Nr. 89)
    Gysin-Mohler, Basel
    Raeber, Basel
    1934 nachweisbar, Rudolf Senn, Binningen
    Raeber, Basel
    1960, Richard Doetsch-Benziger, Basel
    1960, Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett (Roman Norbert Ketterer)
    1960
  • Obj_Id: 3,029
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Weisshorn, von Montana aus gesehen
  • Obj_Title2_S: Weisshorn as Seen from Montana
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Weisshorn, von Montana aus gesehen Weisshorn as Seen from Montana Weisshorn, von Montana aus gesehen
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1915
  • Jahr von: 1,915
  • Jahr bis: 1,915
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 312
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0312
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 65,5 x 80,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
  • Obj_Technique_S:
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired 1960
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
Commentary
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Provenance

This depiction of a lake landscape with a view of the Weisshorn and the surrounding mountains belongs to a group of paintings made in the Wallis spa town of Montana between August and September 1915, a place Holder often visited in this period in order to paint. The composition is graphically structured and makes nature appear well-ordered. In a strictly parallel manner, foreground, middle ground and background succeed one another, leading the viewer's gaze over the broad surface of the lake to the mountains rising behind. The doubling of mountains and clouds, justified as reflections in the water, also contribute to an impression of calculated order. With a compositional concept based on symmetry, pattern and graphic order, Holder succeeded in transferring the traditional veduta into a modern landscape painting. At the same time, the lake landscape gains a new quality as a metaphor for a spiritual art of cosmic harmony.