Forest with a Mountain Stream

Forest with a Mountain Stream by Ferdinand Hodler (1902)

I took a look at several of Hodler’s works. He’s a careful artist, systematic, and his faces often look like his landscapes. Maybe his landscapes look like his faces. I like his color scheme; really quite colorful when you examine a single rock, but also unified and calm when you examine the entire picture.

I’d like someday to look back at my life and see unity and calm (maybe composure is the better word). Right now I am a crazy rock, all sorts of colors, many planes, carefully drawn (by God) but not a detail I’d want to pull out and display as an entire composition of its own. I’m glad I don’t stop here.

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