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Hodler, Ferdinand [Swiss, 1853-1918] 






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Hodler, Ferdinand [Swiss, 1853-1918]

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  Hodler, Ferdinand [Swiss, 1853-1918]

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Title:  Night
Artist:  Hodler, Ferdinand [Swiss, 1853-1918]
Year:  1889-1890
Material:  Oil on canvas
Dimensions:  116.5 × 299 cm (45.9 × 117.7 in)
Where:  Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Notes:  This painting according to Hodler does not represent a particular night, but the totality of diverse nocturnal impressions. The key idea is that sleep prefigures death. The central figure is a sleeper in the throes of a nightmare; his wracked body and twisted features also seem to express fear at the coming of death. Thus the inscription on the frame: 'More than one man has gone to sleep calmly in the evening not to wake up again in the morning'.

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