Enchanted Boy, Ferdinand Hodler
Ferdinand Hodler
Enchanted Boy
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Ferdinand Hodler

Enchanted Boy, 1909


Dimensions
50 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, room 8

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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.

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14.05.2024