Saturday, February 18, 2012

Arnold Böcklin, Mermaids & Mermen

Calm Sea; Arnold Böcklin


 Arnold Böcklin (October 16, 1827 – January 16, 1901) was a Swiss, symbolist painter. 
     According to wikipedia he was: Influenced by Romanticism his painting is symbolist with mythological subjects often overlapping with the Pre-Raphaelites. His pictures portray mythological, fantastical figures along classical architecture constructions (often revealing an obsession with death) creating a strange, fantasy world.
Böcklin is best known for his five versions of Isle of the Dead, which partly evokes the English Cemetery, Florence, close to his studio and where his baby daughter Maria had been buried.
     If memory serves me correctly, there was also a very harrowing, creepy Boris Karloff movie inspired by Böcklin's Isle of the Dead paintings.  However, I have here Böcklin's mermaids & his mermen.  Very strange creatures indeed.


  The Island of Life, 1888; Arnold Böcklin

In the Sea, 1883; Arnold  Böcklin


At Play in the Waves; Arnold  Böcklin



Mermaids at Play, 1886; Arnold Böcklin



The Triton Family, 1888; Arnold  Böcklin



Sea Idyll, 1887; Arnold Böcklin



Triton & a Nereid, 1875; Arnold Böcklin



Idyll of the Sea; Arnold Böcklin



Triton & Nereid, 1875; Arnold Böcklin



Venus Anadyomene, Venus Rising from the Sea, 1872; Arnold Böcklin



Venus Anadyomene, Venus Rising from the Sea, 1872; Arnold Böcklin


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