The Dream of the Shepherd by Ferdinand Hodler - 1896
The Dream of the Shepherd (Der Traum des Hirten) by Ferdinand Hodler. Date: 1896.
'When the painting was first shown during the Swiss national exhibition in Geneva in 1896, critics detected an ironic edge, perhaps because of its venue: a theater associated with the satirical journal Le Sapajou. Hodler’s suggestive vision of naked women may have been a rejoinder to officials who objected to the display of his painting The Night (1889–90; Kunstmuseum Bern), finding its seminude, male and female figures excessively erotic.' The Met.
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