oil on paper laid down on canvas
44 x 23,5 cm (17.3 x 9.25 in.)
signed lower right
In 1911 Ferdinand Hodler was commissioned to paint a historical scene from the time of the Reformation for a hall in the newly built town hall of Hanover: the Hanoverian citizens' oath of Protestantism in 1533. Hodler repeated the 5 x 15 meter large, monumental mural entitled “Einmütigkeit” (“Unanimity”) in 1913 in slightly smaller, but still larger than life dimensions and with a modified composition on canvas, in order to show it at the Paris Autumn Salon. The work is now in the collections of Kunsthaus Zurich. Numerous studies, sketches and preliminary drawings were created for both works, including the present oil study. It shows one of the main characters taking the oath from the middle of the composition, and the grid laid out shows that Hodler prepared it for the transfer to the large version.