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Ferdinand Hodler was born in 1853 in Gurzelen, Bern. At seventeen he left the Bernese Oberland for Geneva, where he lived in great poverty, trying to earn a little money by painting portraits, scenic views and butchers' shop signs. But before long, he met his benefactor, Barthelemy Menn, who was a friend of Corot, an admirer of Ingres and a teacher at the Geneva School of Fine Arts. He gave Hodler methodical instruction in painting and taught him the rules governing the applicatio (showing 500 of 1811 characters).