This study of a figure showing a classical gesture of awakening from sleep was made for a large mural composition. In it, a group of five nude female figures create an image of the renewal of life at the break of each day. Like Minne, Hodler was influenced by the Symbolist movement, which reacted against the increasing secularism and realism of the late nineteenth century.
Artist Ferdinand Hodler, Swiss, 1853-1918
Title
  • Study for Day
Date between 1898 and 1899
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Overall: 41 7/8 × 39 3/8 inches (106.4 × 100 cm)
Framed: 49 5/16 × 46 3/4 × 2 1/16 inches (125.3 × 118.7 × 5.2 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund
Accession Number 1988.65
Department European Painting
On View Modern N200, Level 2 (see map)
1921, (Gallery Neupert, Zürich, Switzerland);
(Gallery Thannhauser, Munich, Germany);
1988, (Bruno Meissner, Zürich, Switzerland);
1988-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Hodler Gedächtnis-Ausstellung. Exh. cat. Bern, 1921, p. 28, no. 305. [lent by Gallery Neupert, Zürich.]

Müller, W.Y. Die Kunst Ferdinand Hodlers Reife und Spätwerk 1895-1918. Zürich, 1941, vol. 2, p. 480, no. 51. [as ca. 1900.]

Bulletin of the DIA 65, nos. 2/3 (1989): p. 12 (fig. 8).