The General Staff Building (Russian: Здание Главного штаба, Zdanie Glavnogo Shtaba) is an edifice with a 580 m long bow-shaped facade, situated on Palace Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in front of the Winter Palace.
The monumental Neoclassical building was designed by Carlo Rossi in the Empire style and built in 1819-1829. It consists of two wings, which are separated by a tripartite triumphal arch adorned by sculptors Stepan Pimenov and Vasily Demuth-Malinovsky and commemorating the Russian victory over Napoleonic France in the Patriotic War of 1812. The arch links Palace Square through Bolshaya Morskaya Street to Nevsky Prospekt.
Until the capital was transferred to Moscow in 1918, the building served as the headquarters of the General Staff (western wing), Foreign Ministry and Finance Ministry (eastern wing). The western wing now hosts the headquarters of the Western Military District. The eastern wing was given to the Hermitage Museum in 1993 and was extensively remodeled inside. 🇨🇭 By the way for my Swiss followers - there are several paintings of Ferdinand Hodler in halls of General Staff building.
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Ferdinand Hodler's Early Work
Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) is one of the most important innovators in European painting around 1900.
He initially produced small landscapes for tourists in Thun, before moving in 1872 to Geneva, where the Swiss landscape artist Barthélemy Menn taught him the fundamentals of the classical tradition.
Hodler started out as a realist painter, depicting scenes of contemporary life-people at work or deep in thought-with no hint of idealization. Yet his unembellished portrayal of his subjects offended Swiss viewers at the time. For Hodler, the ordinary represented truth just as it had for Gustave Courbet--the French realist decried during his lifetime as a painter of ugliness who had a major influence on the young Hodler.
In addition to landscapes and genre scenes, Hodler also produced portraits and self-portraits at the beginning of his career. After visiting Madrid in 1878/79, he abandoned his dark-toned realism in favour of brighter palette, with pure colours and lighter, more dynamic brushwork
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“Sitzende junge Frau im Garten” (Young Woman Sitting in the Garden)
Oil on canvas (90 x 67 cm)
Kunstmuseum Solothurn – Solothurn, Switzerland
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🎼Bidding on a winter wonderland…⛷ This evening’s auction of Swiss Art / Swiss Made in #Zurich includes paintings, sculpture, photography, design and fine Swiss wristwatches, all in tribute to the creativity and inspiration that abounds in this small country. Among the highlights are three beautiful landscapes by Giovanni Giacometti, Ferdinand Hodler and Paul Camenisch, providing the perfect backdrop of majestic snow-covered mountains, executed in three very distinct artistic styles. There’s still time to register to bid before the sale opens at 6pm CET – ‘tis the season! #sothebyszurich#swissart#swissmade#mountains#montagnes#berglandschaft#snow#giacometti#hodler#paulcamenisch#mountainscape
This depiction of a lake landscape with a view of the Weisshorn and the surrounding mountains belongs to a group of paintings made in the Wallis spa town of Montana between August and September 1915, a place Holder often visited in this period in order to paint. The composition is graphically structured and makes nature appear well-ordered. In a strictly parallel manner, foreground, middle ground and background succeed one another, leading the viewer's gaze over the broad surface of the lake to the mountains rising behind. The doubling of mountains and clouds, justified as reflections in the water, also contribute to an impression of calculated order. With a compositional concept based on symmetry, pattern and graphic order, Holder succeeded in transferring the traditional veduta into a modern landscape painting. At the same time, the lake landscape gains a new quality as a metaphor for a spiritual art of cosmic harmony. @Museum_Folkwang
“Weisshorn, von Montana aus gesehen” (Weisshorn as Seen from Montana)
Oil on canvas (65,5 x 80,5 cm)
Museum Folkwang – Essen, Germany