Hodler, Ferdinand (Swiss, 1853-1918)

The Dying Valentine Gode-Darel


Reference Type:
Artwork
Image:
Hodler.DyingValentineGodeDarel.jpg
Year:
1915 (January 24)
Notes/Description:
In a 1913-1915 series of paintings, Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler followed the progression of his lover Valentine Godé-Darel through the course of a painful illness. Three months after their daughter was born, in October of 1913, she was operated on for gynecologic cancer, and died about a year and a half later. This image was painted the day before her death. Notes by Mariann Smith
Keywords:
Art
Art of Medicine
Chronic Disease/Chronic Illness
Pain
Love
Critical Illness
Family
Suffering
Death and Dying
Collection:
Kunstmuseum, Basel