In September 1906 Ferdinand Hodler stayed in the Interlaken region in the Bernese Oberland. Several landscape paintings were created here, which are characterized by a dry painting presentation with intensive coloring, which is due to the use of oil paint pens. Five views of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun were created on Alp Breitlauenen, with one painting in portrait format showing a similar view of Lake Thun. The wide-format Basel painting, however, reduces the meadows of Breitlauenenalp in the foreground and thereby brings Lake Thun more into focus.


Ferdinand Hodler, Thunersee von Breitlauenen, 1906

© Kunstmuseum Basel, online collection 04.09.2019

Ferdinand Hodler | Lake Thun from Breitlauenen