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Lake Thun and the Stockhorn Mountains
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Lake Thun and the Stockhorn Mountains 1910
This is one of Hodler's late landscapes, painted near Berne in Switzerland. It is thought to be the only work by Hodler in a British public collection. The painting is dominated by the horizontal line, which the artist saw as symbolic of death. He made a remarkable series of paintings of his dying wife and later of his dying lover, stretched out horizontally across the centre of the canvas. Hodler even wrote about the central mountain peaks in those landscapes as representing the soul of his beloved. Nature, life, love and death are thus unified in this majestic landscape.

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Symbolism

The representation of subjects or ideas by use of a device or motif to create underlying meaning. A literary and artistic movement that originated in France and spread through much of Europe in the late 19th century. There was no consistent style but rather an appeal to the idea of the artist as mystic or visionary and the desire to express a world beyond superficial appearances.

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  • Acc. No. GMA 1523
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 83.00 x 105.40 cm (framed: 103.00 x 125.50 x 9.10 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1975