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Five Striding Men. Study for the painting Eurhythmy, 1894

Leopold Museum,
Pencil, gouache on paper
30.4×42.8 cm


  • Ferdinand Hodler

    (Bern 1853–1918 Genva)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In Five Striding Men. Study for the painting Eurhythmy, a precursor for a monumental oil painting dating from 1894, Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) rhythmically segments the horizontal composition with the figures of bearded men in wide, flowing, toga-like garments walking in a single file. Hodler outlines the figures with swift, secure pencil strokes. He pays especially close attention to the articulation of folds, beards and strands of hair. With equally confident and dynamic brush strokes, the Swiss painter renders the gray background in gouache. A bright margin is left as if to frame the uncolored figures and suggest spatial depth. In his work Eurhythmy, Hodler referred to the anthroposophical artistic dance originated in Switzerland by Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) and Marie von Sivers (1867–1948). The movement of bodies in space is a recurring motif in Hodler’s oeuvre. The painter frequently used dance as a metaphor for the phenomenon of existence.

Object data

  • Ferdinand Hodler
Five Striding Men. Study for the painting Eurhythmy
Art movement
Classical Modernism
Graphic work
Pencil, gouache on paper
30.4×42.8 cm
Signed lower right using pencil: F. Hodler
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1769
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Ferdinand Hodler: Wahlverwandtschaft von Klimt bis Schiele, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2017 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 13.10.2017–22.01.2018).
  • Koloman Moser 1868-1818, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Gerd Pichler, Wien 2007 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 25.05.2007-10.09.2007).
  • Walter Hugelshofer Ferdinand Hodler: Eine Monographie, Zürich, 1952.

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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