Museum Folkwang
Der Frühling
  • Ferdinand Hodler
  • Der Frühling, 1901

  • The Spring
  • Mixed technique on canvas
  • 102,5 x 129,5 cm
  • Acquired in 1905 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
  • Inv. G 78
  • CommentaryIn the spring of 1905, Karl Ernst Osthaus exhibited five works by the Symbolist painter Ferdinand Hodler. He used the opportunity to acquire ›Spring‹; it was the first painting that Holder sold outside Switzerland. The painter had already exhibited the work in 1901 in the Swiss Kunstverein Zurich and in the Viennese Secession, and after re-working it he presented it again in Vienna in an extensive show in 1904, where it attracted considerable attention. In the center of the composition is a seemingly eccentric youth blowing air at the figure of a girl kneeing next to him. The model for both figures was Holder's son Hector and his niece. The title ›Spring‹ refers to a growing love between the two youths; their pose isolates them, however, rendering them incapable of communicating with each other. Especially the boy's pose is remarkable; it seems mannered and exaggerated. For Holder's style of figures, this strong stylization is typical. His figures embody an ideal or wish of a unity of humans and nature, body and spirit bound by a rhythm which imbues everything.
  • Provenance1905, Künstler
    1905 - 1922, Kauf vom Künstler, Museum Folkwang, Hagen
    1922, Kauf, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,028
  • Obj_Internet_S: Highlight
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Der Frühling
  • Obj_Title2_S: The Spring
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Der Frühling The Spring Der Frühling
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1901
  • Jahr von: 1,901
  • Jahr bis: 1,901
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 78
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0078
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 102,5 x 129,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Mixed technique on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Mixed technique on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1905 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
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1905, Künstler
1905 - 1922, Kauf vom Künstler, Museum Folkwang, Hagen
1922, Kauf, Museum Folkwang, Essen