Portrait of Hélène Weiglé, Ferdinand Hodler
Ferdinand Hodler
Portrait of Hélène Weiglé
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Ferdinand Hodler

Portrait of Hélène Weiglé, 1888


Dimensions
88.5 x 69.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 208
Acquisition
Acquired in 1912
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

Hodler considered coquetry and theatrical exaggeration of feelings as the epitome of femininity. In his portrait of the sixteen-year-old Hélène Weiglé, the Swiss Symbolist tamed the feminine principle with clear structures. The sprawling leaves opening up into a dark path in the upper part of the picture are juxtaposed with the young woman’s rigorous profile and her checked dress against a grey backdrop. She is rather aloofly scrutinising a single chrysanthemum, and her gracefulness seems artificial, as if she is aware of being observed.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Portrait of Hélène Weiglé
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet unten rechts: Ferd. Hodler 188. (laut Inventar; am Bild nur noch in Spuren vorhanden)

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1912

Work Content

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Main Motif
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Iconclass

Primary
  • 61BB2(WEIGLÉ,Hélène)11(+53) historical person (WEIGLÉ,Hélène) - BB - woman - historical person (WEIGLÉ,Hélène) portrayed alone (+ half-length portrait)
  • 31D130 Maidenhood
  • 31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure
  • 31B6212 looking downwards
Secondary

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Last update

22.10.2020