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Study for Day (Truth)

A work made of graphite with smudging on cream wove paper, squared for transfer.
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  • A work made of graphite with smudging on cream wove paper, squared for transfer.

Date:

1896/98

Artist:

Ferdinand Hodler
Swiss, 1853-1918

About this artwork

The artist’s wife, Berthe Jacques, served as the model for this preliminary study for the Art Institute’s painting Day (Truth). Hodler would often have his models pose behind a wooden frame with a grid of threads stretched across it—a method first described by the artist Albrecht Dürer in the 16th century. This allowed Hodler to accurately check the subject’s proportions and measurements against the drawing, which was also outlined with a grid.

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Artist

Ferdinand Hodler

Title

Study for Day (Truth)

Origin

Switzerland

Date

1896–1898

Medium

Graphite with smudging on cream wove paper, squared for transfer

Dimensions

286 × 286 mm

Credit Line

Print and Drawing Fund

Reference Number

2004.1117

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