Copy of Ferdinand Hodler’s Lake Geneva with Mont Blanc in the morning light

Lake Geneva with Mont Blanc in the morning light, by Ferdinand Hodler
Acrylic on paper

I was inspired by Katie Turner’s post on studying the masters to do another copy. I found this painting in the book Mystical Landscapes: From Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr.

Looking at the reproduction on WikiArt, there’s a much greater shift from cool to warm in the colour (from right to left) compared to the image in the book. So I didn’t quite capture that. I also struggled to achieve the fantastic brushwork and scumbling on (cheap) paper. And I didn’t use quite the right blue either. (I just used ultramarine.) Having said that, I’m pretty happy with how it came out.

I agree with Katie that studying and copying masters (whether true “old” ones or just great painters that you admire) is beneficial—and fun.

2 thoughts on “Copy of Ferdinand Hodler’s Lake Geneva with Mont Blanc in the morning light

    1. Thanks, Katie! I hadn’t seen it either. There are some great paintings in that book. I might copy of one of Whistler’s nocturnes next. 🙂

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