Arnold Böcklin

Arnold Böcklin, Selbstportrait (1873)

Arnold Böcklin (* 16. October 1827 in Basel, † 16. January 1901 in Fiesole, province Florenz) was a Swiss painter, draughtsman, commercial artist and sculptor. It is considered as onethe most important educating artists 19. Century.

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1845 to 1847 study at the Düsseldorfer academy of arts. Subsequently, it undertook study trips into Switzerland, into the Netherlands and to France. He worked from 1850 to 1857 in Rome. From 1860 to 1862 he taught as a professor at the academy of arts Weimar.


Die erste Version der "Toteninsel" von Arnold Böcklin
the first version of the “dead island” of Arnold Böcklin

beside Ferdinand Hodler, max of Klinger and Lovis Corinth is Böcklin of one the general agent of the German symbolism, that with the dominating academic painting and the prevailing naturalism of the second half 19. Century broke.

Surrealisten such as Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí and max Ernst saw one of their forerunners in him and appreciated Böcklin as a “ingenious and ironical artist”.

Among its important works rank among other things the Selbstbildnis with fiedelndem death (1872) and the five variations of the “dead island” (18801886).

Character font “Arnold Böcklin”

admits became the name Böcklins also by originally by it sketched and after it designated art nouveau - character font.

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