Artwork Title: Night - Artist Name: Ferdinand Hodler

Night

Ferdinand Hodler, 1890

In the last decade of the 19th century his work evolved to combine influences from several genres including symbolism and art nouveau. In 1890 he completed Night, a work that marked Hodler's turn toward symbolist imagery. It depicts several recumbent figures, all of them relaxed in sleep except for an agitated man who is menaced by a figure shrouded in black, which Hodler intended as a symbol of death. When Hodler submitted the painting to the Beaux-Arts exhibition in Geneva in February 1891, the entwined nude figures created a scandal; the mayor deemed the work obscene, and it was withdrawn from the show. A few months later, Hodler exhibited Night in Paris at the Salon, where it attracted favorable attention and was championed by Puvis de Chavannes and Rodin. (https://en.wikipedia.org The symbolist oil painting "Night" depicts 7 sleeping figures. The famous Swiss.. Video: https://www.kunstmuseumbern.ch/en/see/collection/videos-higlights-collection/ferdinand-hodler-the-night-271.html
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