Arnold Böcklin: 6 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Landscape in the Alban Hills (1851) by Arnold BöcklinStaatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

'Arnold Böcklin studied in Düsseldorf under Johann Wilhelm Schirmer, the founding father of the Düsseldorf school of landscape painting and later the first director of the Karlsruhe academy. At the age of twenty-four, Böcklin set out for Rome, where he remained until 1856.'

Sleeping Diana Watched by Two Fauns (1877/85) by Arnold BöcklinKunstpalast

'Böcklin painted the piece under the influence of the colours preferred in the Italian Early Renaissance. He had trained in landscape painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and is regarded as the main representative of 19th-century idealist-symbolist art.'

Spring Evening (1879) by Arnold BöcklinMuseum of Fine Arts, Budapest

'From 1874 Böcklin lived in Florence. There he met Hans von Marées, with whom he travelled to southern Italy in 1879.'

Spring in a Narrow Gorge (Quell in einer Felsschlucht) (1881)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'Even without human figures or animals, Böcklin's painting seems decidedly more symbolic than descriptive.'

Spring in a Narrow Gorge (Quell in einer Felsschluct) (1881) by Arnold BöcklinThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Even without human figures or animals, Böcklin's painting seems decidedly more symbolic than descriptive.'

The Isle of the Dead (1883) by Arnold BöcklinAlte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

'When the young, widowed Marie Berna visited Böcklin's studio in Florence in 1880 and asked for a "picture to dream by," the memory of that landscape must have merged with earlier memories of, for example, the islands of the dead like San Michele in Venice and Etruscan cliff-necropolises. The Isle of the Dead became one of Böcklin's most popular pictorial works.'

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