The painting is part of a group of works by Hodler comprising a total of thirteen versions and variants, in which he focuses on the view from Chexbres, a place in western Switzerland between Lausanne and Montreux, of the Sayov Alps. When he first painted the view from the Bay of Cully to the Savoy Alps in 1895, this was done as part of the Geneva competition Concours Calame. A Swiss lake was given as the motif. The Basel painting was created together with other works in 1904/05. Around 1911, Hodler used this motif again.
Ferdinand Hodler, Lake Geneva from Chexbres, 1905
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