Böcklin : German school  

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"And only a slight alteration in the truths of nature has sufficed him for the creation of such chimerical beings. As a landscape-painter he stands with all his fibers rooted in the earth, although he seems quite alienated from this world of ours, and his fabulous creatures make the same convincing impression because they have been created with all the inner logical congruity of nature, and delineated under close relationship to actual fact with the same numerous details as the real animals of the earth. For his tritons, sirens, and mermaids, with their prominent eyes and their awkward bodies covered with bristly hair, he may have made studies from seals and walruses. His obese and short-winded tritons, with shining red faces and flaxen hair dripping with moisture, are good-humored old men with a quantity of warm blood in their veins, who love and laugh and drink new wine. His fauns may be met with amongst the shepherds of the Campagna, swarthy, strapping fellows dressed in goatskin after the fashion of Pan. It is chiefly the color lavished upon them which turns them into children of an unearthly world, where other suns are shining, and other stars." --Richard Muther, Böcklin : German school[1] in the series Masters in Art: A Series of Illustrated Monographs

Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin: "Basel" version, 1880
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Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin: "Basel" version, 1880

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Böcklin : German school[2] (1906) is a book on the art of Arnold Böcklin by Richard Muther in the series Masters in Art: A Series of Illustrated Monographs.




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