About This Artwork

Ferdinand Hodler
Swiss, 1853-1918

James Vibert, Sculptor, 1907

Oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 26 in. (64.7 x 66 cm)
signed, l.r.: "1907 F. Hodler"

Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, 1926.212

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Bern, Kunstmuseum, Hodler Gedächtnis-Ausstellung, August 20-October 23, 1921, cat. 370.

Boston, Art Club, 1925.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Exhibition of French Paintings from a Well-Known Collection, 1925, no cat.

Chicago, Art Institute, A Century of Progress Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, June 1-November 1, 1934, cat. 319.

New York, Museum of Modern Art, 20th Century Portraits, December 9, 1942-January 24, 1943, no cat. no., p. 58 (ill.); traveled to Baltimore Museum of Art, February 12-March 7, 1943, and Worcester Art Museum, March 21-April 18, 1943.

Publication History

Loosli, Carl Albert, Ferdinand Hodler, vol. 2 (Zurich: Rascher, 1920), pl. 97.

de Mandach, Conrad, Hodler Gedächtnis-Ausstellung, exh. cat. (Bern: Kunstmuseum Bern, 1921), cat. 370.

Bulletin of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts 14 (April 1925), p. 32.

Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Paintings in the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial from the Birch Bartlett Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1926), pp. 18, 19 (ill.), 53.

Zabel, M. D., “An American Gallery of Modern Painting,” Art and Archaeology 26 (December 1928), pp. 232 (ill.), 235.

Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Paintings in the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial, from the Birch-Bartlett Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1929), pp. 26-27 (ill.), 59.

Art Institute of Chicago, Catalogue of a Century of Progress Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, exh. cat. (Chicago: Lakeside Press, R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 1934), cat. 319.

Wheeler, Monroe, 20th Century Portraits, exh. cat. (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1942), no cat. no., p. 58 (ill.).

Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Paintings in the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial, from the Birch Bartlett Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1946), pp. 30-31 (ill.), 57.

Myers, Bernard Samuel, The German Expressionists: A Generation in Revolt (New York: Praeger, 1957), p. 28 (pl. 7).

Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1961), p. 217.

Speyer, A. James, and Courtney Graham Donnell, Twentieth Century European Painting (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), p. 46, no. 2B3.

Brettell, Richard R., “The Bartletts and the Grande Jatte: Collecting Modern Painting in the 1920s,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 12, 2 (1986), p. 14.

Heller, Reinhold, “Ferdinand Hodler: A Unique Note in the Birch Bartlett Collection,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 12, 2 (1986), pp. 166-87, fig. 1 (color ill.).

Dorn, Roland, et al., Van Gogh Face to Face: The Portraits, exh. cat. (Detroit Institute of Arts/Thames & Hudson, 2000), pp. 238, fig. 214 (color ill.), 269.

Ownership History

Willy Russ-Young, Serrières-Neuchâtel, by 1921 [label on verso]. Theo. Fischer, Lucerne, by July 1924 [typescript letter from Theo. Fisher to Frederic Clay Bartlett, February 12, 1926 in curatorial file]; sold to Frederic Clay Bartlett, Chicago, July 1924 [Heller 1986]; given to the Art Institute, 1926.




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