Childhood, Ferdinand Hodler
Ferdinand Hodler
Childhood
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Ferdinand Hodler

Childhood, 1893 – 1894


Dimensions
50.0 x 31.2 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2077
Acquisition
Acquired in 1960, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

This painting by the Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler shows his six-year-old son Hector. The boy is dressed in white shorts and a vest and is standing barefoot before a landscape with flowers in the background. His pose and the slightly open arms recall a classical attitude of prayer as well as the immersion of an innocent child in the purity of nature. The gesture of the open arms can also be seen as a sign of the dawning of awareness and the child's first steps into the world of the intellect and spirit.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Childhood
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: F. Hodler

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1960, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 31A2311(+1) 'contrapposto', 'Standbein und Spielbein' (+ front view)
  • 41D223(SHIRT) clothing for the upper part of the body (SHIRT)
  • 25G41 flowers

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Last update

24.11.2020