The Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin

The Isle of the Dead

(Die Insel der Toten)


Arnold Böcklin

1886   ·  Öl auf Holz  ·  Picture ID: 296877

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Death and dying are among the omnipresent topics in the works of Swiss painter Arnold Böcklin. His sad inspiration was the loss of eight of his 14 children. One of his most famous works, The Island of the Dead, he painted between 1880 and 1886 in five versions, four of which have survived. The fifth and final version he made in 1886 for the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig, at a time when Europe was changing dramatically due to industrialization. The motif of the island of the dead is therefore also interpreted as a farewell to European culture. The viewer sees a seemingly female, veiled figure, which is brought together with an equally veiled coffin on an island. The sea is calm, but the sky is cloudy. Burial chambers are embedded in the rocks of the island. Between the rocks rise cypresses that stood in ancient mythology for death and mourning.

The Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin
lisle des morts · island · symbolist · charon · fifth version · afterlife · underworld · totenisel · a tranquil place · coffin · shroud · rowing boat · tomb · cemetery · night · burial · funerary · quiet · peaceful · mysterious · passage · underworld · passing · death · Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Leipzig, Germany / bridgemanimages.com
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Other art prints by Arnold Böcklin
The Dead Island The island of the dead The Isle of the Dead Isle of the Dead, second version, 1880 (oil on wood) The Isle of the Dead Die Toteninsel.  The Isle of the Dead. Fifth version. 1886 Villa by the Sea Isle of the Dead, 1883 The wisp of light Odysseus and Polyphemus, 1896 The Isle of the Dead Die Toteninsel. 1883 Third version of Fifth Angelika, guarded by a dragon Moonlight landscape with ruin Odysseus and Polyphemus The Island of the Living, 1888 (oil on mahogany wood)
Other art prints by Arnold Böcklin
The Dead Island The island of the dead The Isle of the Dead Isle of the Dead, second version, 1880 (oil on wood) The Isle of the Dead Die Toteninsel.  The Isle of the Dead. Fifth version. 1886 Villa by the Sea Isle of the Dead, 1883 The wisp of light Odysseus and Polyphemus, 1896 The Isle of the Dead Die Toteninsel. 1883 Third version of Fifth Angelika, guarded by a dragon Moonlight landscape with ruin Odysseus and Polyphemus The Island of the Living, 1888 (oil on mahogany wood)
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