Hermann Hodler was born in Nidau in 1888. After secondary school, he studied under Robert Sterl and Richard Müller at the Kunstakademie [Art Academy] in Dresden. He went on to study under Angelo Jank in Munich. A trip to Italy left a deep impression on him. He taught at the Gewerbeschule [vocational school] in Bern from 1948. Hodler died in Oberdiessbach in 1965.