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Arnold Böcklin (1827 - 1901)

Lifespan: 1827 - 1901

Related: fantastic art - figurative or narrative art - grotesque art - painting - German art - Symbolist art

Portret of Arnold Boecklin
Image sourced here.

Swiss-German artist Arnold Böcklin was influenced by Romanticism; his painting is symbolist within the Art Nouveau style; portraying mythological, allegorical and fantastical figures - against the then prevailing "modern art" currents. His pictures are set in a strange, fantasy world such as classical architecture constructions and often reveal an obsession with death and the macabre. Böcklin exercised an influence on Surrealist painters like Max Ernst and Salvador Dalí, and on Giorgio de Chirico. The 2000s were marked by a renewed interest in Arnold Böcklin’s work in expositions such as GROTESQUE! 130 Years of Witty Art (2003) and a book by Pamela Kort Comic Grotesque: Wit And Mockery In German Art, 1870-1940 (2004)[Amazon.com] [Dec 2006]

The Isle of the Dead (1880) - Arnold Böcklin

The five versions of the Isle of the Dead are the best known paintings by Arnold Böcklin. They inspired a musical composition by Sergei Rachmaninoff, a film by Val Lewton, a novel by Roger Zelazny and a number of visual reinterpretations, most famously by H.R. Giger. [Dec 2006]

La Sirène (1887) - Arnold Böcklin [aka La Mer calme], image sourced here.

Le jeu des vagues (1883) - Arnold Böcklin


Arnold Böcklin (16 October 1827 - 16 January 1901) was a Swiss-German artist. Böcklin is best known for his painting The Isle of the Dead.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold Böcklin [Jan 2005]

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