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Arnold Böcklin

Symbolism   •   Wikipedia: Arnold Böcklin
144 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #460
Light is reflected in the water, sparkles through a canopy of leaves and you can literally feel the breeze that gently tilts the reeds to the side. The pictures of the Swiss painter Arnold Böcklin are expressed so powerfully and masterfully that you want to sit in front of your masterpieces for hours. Restrained and yet expressive, that was his strength and it is not for nothing that he is considered one of the founders of symbolism.

Arnold Böcklin was born in Basel in 1827 and was already suffering from an uninterrupted urge to travel as a teenager, which should not leave him until his death. After completing his training in Düsseldorf, he went on extensive stays in Belgium and the Netherlands, to Paris in the Louvre or to ancient Rome. Each station left a lasting impression and had a particular impact on his works of art. While his first pictures were of peaceful landscape painting, in which muted colors, soft breezes and winking sun rays predominate, his style later changed to the overcompensating ideal of ancient mythological art. Instead of green hills and colorful trees, more and more dark motifs such as ruins, wars, death and the plague came to the fore.

Böcklin was shaped, among other things, by his travels and the numerous moves from one vibrant European city to another, which was expressed above all in his love of landscape painting. But the then occurring paradigm shift in Europe to growing nationalism and imperialism combined with wars and epidemics and personal blows of fate had a decisive impact on Böcklin. With his wife and muse Angela Pascucci, he gives birth to fourteen children, eight of whom die in childhood. Pictures like his work "Self-portrait with fiddling death" testify to his grief and the depression of these losses. There were also financial problems, impending poverty and artistic setbacks.

With "Pan im Schilf" he finally made his first breakthrough in 1859 and marked the beginning of his change from landscape painting impressionism to mythical symbolism, which he significantly shaped with his works in the course of his creative career. Whether landscape idyll or stormy mythical and religious motifs, Böcklin loved the play of light and shadow, of light and darkness between plants, trees, water and rocks. He processes social and political events in Europe at the time in terms of deep mythology such as "A Murderer Chased by Furies" or "Centaur Fight" in 1873, which is interpreted as his symbolic-contemporary expression of the Franco-German War. Back then Böcklin's works were not popular with many, many critics found his pictures too "loud" or "screaming" or were shocked by the "offensive" motifs. Nevertheless, Böcklin still managed to garner attention and recognition throughout Europe with his works of art and at the age of 68 he was able to settle in Florence, Italy, where he died on January 18, 1901. © Meisterdrucke


Arnold Böcklin
Die Toteninsel
1883 | Oil on panel

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Die Toteninsel
1883 | Oil on panel

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1896 | Oil on panel

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Arnold Böcklin
Mondscheinlandschaft mit Ruine
1849 | Oil on canvas

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Mondscheinlandschaft mit Ruine
1849 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1886 | oil on wood

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1880 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1888 | oil on mahogany wood

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Arnold Böcklin
Die Lebensinsel
1888 | Oil on canvas

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Die Lebensinsel
1888 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
100 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
Die Heimkehr
1827 | Oil on canvas

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Die Heimkehr
1827 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Nymphe und Satyr
1871 | Oil on canvas

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Nymphe und Satyr
1871 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
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Arnold Böcklin
 
1886 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
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Arnold Böcklin
Im Spiel der Wellen
1883 | painting

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Im Spiel der Wellen
1883 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
Dans le jeu des Vagues
1883 | Oil on canvas

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Dans le jeu des Vagues
1883 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Pan im Schilf
1856 | Oil on canvas

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Pan im Schilf
1856 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1886 | Oil on panel

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Arnold Böcklin
Die Toteninsel. Fünfte Version. ...
Undated | oil on wood

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1881 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
Meerestille (Calm Sea), 1886-87
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Meerestille (Calm Sea), 1886-87
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Arnold Böcklin
 
1878 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1858 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
Undated |

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Arnold Böcklin
 
Undated | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
Undated | engraving

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1872 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1872 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1872 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1855 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Die Gefilde der Seligen
1877 | Oil on canvas

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Die Gefilde der Seligen
1877 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1873 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Die Pest
1898 | Unknown

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Die Pest
1898 | Unknown

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Arnold Böcklin
Der Künstler und seine Frau
1863 | painting

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Der Künstler und seine Frau
1863 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
Faun einer Amsel zupfeifend
1864 | Oil on canvas

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Faun einer Amsel zupfeifend
1864 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Hochzeitsreise
1878 | Oil on canvas

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Hochzeitsreise
1878 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1872 | Oil on panel

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1873 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Die Kapelle
1898 | Oil on canvas

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Die Kapelle
1898 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Sirenen. 1875
Undated | oil on canvas

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Sirenen. 1875
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Arnold Böcklin
 
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Arnold Böcklin
 
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Arnold Böcklin
 
1879 | Unknown

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1876 | oil painting

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Arnold Böcklin
Heiliger Hain
1882 | Oil on canvas

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Heiliger Hain
1882 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1852 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Angelika, von einem Drachen bewacht
1871 | Oil on panel

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Angelika, von einem Drachen bewacht
1871 | Oil on panel

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1896 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1863 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Schloss am Meer (Mord im Schloss...
Undated | oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Die Muse des Anakreon
1873 | painting

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Die Muse des Anakreon
1873 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
Frühlingshymne
1888 | painting

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Frühlingshymne
1888 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
Im Spiel der Wellen
1883 | painting

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Im Spiel der Wellen
1883 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
Hochgebirge mit Gemsen
1849 | Oil on canvas

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Hochgebirge mit Gemsen
1849 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1857 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
In den pontinischen Sümpfen
1851 | Oil on canvas

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In den pontinischen Sümpfen
1851 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1863 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1866 | Oil on canvas

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1866 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Die Klage des Hirten
1866 | Oil on canvas

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Die Klage des Hirten
1866 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Mädchen und Jüngling beim Blumen...
1866 | Oil on canvas

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Mädchen und Jüngling beim Blumen...
1866 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1872 | Oil on cardboard

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Arnold Böcklin
Angelika, von einem Drachen bewacht
1879 | Oil on canvas

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Angelika, von einem Drachen bewacht
1879 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Selbsbildnis mit Weinglas
1885 | Oil on canvas

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Selbsbildnis mit Weinglas
1885 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1884 | Oil on canvas

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1884 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
orlando furioso
1827 | Oil on canvas

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orlando furioso
1827 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1846 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
Undated | Cast

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1873 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1862 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1851 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1884 | Oil on panel

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1879 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
 
19th century | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
Odysseus und Polyphem
1876 | painting

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Odysseus und Polyphem
1876 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
Nymphen und Satyrn
1870 | SPRING DRAWING

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Nymphen und Satyrn
1870 | SPRING DRAWING

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1877 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1861 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
Bergschloss mit Kriegerzug
1871 | Oil on canvas

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Bergschloss mit Kriegerzug
1871 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Verlassene Venus
1850 | Oil on canvas

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Verlassene Venus
1850 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Waldlandschaft am Wasser bei auf...
1850 | Watercolor on paper

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Waldlandschaft am Wasser bei auf...
1850 | Watercolor on paper

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Arnold Böcklin
Im Albanergebirge
1851 | Oil on canvas

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Im Albanergebirge
1851 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Germanen auf Eberjagd
1858 | Oil on canvas

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Germanen auf Eberjagd
1858 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Nymphe im Wiesengrund als Repräs...
1858 | painting

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Arnold Böcklin
Bildnis Friedrich Weber
1869 | Oil on canvas

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Bildnis Friedrich Weber
1869 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Sappho
1862 | Oil on canvas

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Sappho
1862 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Ruggiero und Angelica
1873 | Oil on canvas

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Ruggiero und Angelica
1873 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Flora, Blumen streuend
1875 | Oil on panel

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Flora, Blumen streuend
1875 | Oil on panel

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Arnold Böcklin
Zwei fischende Pane
1874 | Oil on canvas

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Zwei fischende Pane
1874 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Triton, auf einer Muschel blasend
1879 | Oil on canvas

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Triton, auf einer Muschel blasend
1879 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Haus bei Kehl
1870 | Oil on canvas

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Haus bei Kehl
1870 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Bildnis Gottfried Keller
1889 | Oil on canvas

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Bildnis Gottfried Keller
1889 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
 
1884 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
In der Gartenlaube
1891 | Oil on canvas

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In der Gartenlaube
1891 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Hochzeitsreise
1890 | Oil on panel

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Hochzeitsreise
1890 | Oil on panel

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Arnold Böcklin
Frühling
1875 | Tempera on panel

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Frühling
1875 | Tempera on panel

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Arnold Böcklin
Bildnis Margaretha Antoinette Mä...
1865 | Oil on canvas

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Bildnis Margaretha Antoinette Mä...
1865 | Oil on canvas

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Arnold Böcklin
Bildnis Arnold Böcklin
1847 | Oil on canvas

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Bildnis Arnold Böcklin
1847 | Oil on canvas

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