Arnold Böcklin

Arnold Böcklin (16 October 1827  16 January 1901) was a Swiss symbolist painter.

Arnold Böcklin
Oil on canvas (1872)
Arnold Böcklin

16 October 1827
Basel, Switzerland
Died16 January 1901 (aged 73)
Fiesole, Italy
Known forPainting
Notable work
Isle of the Dead


He was born in Basel. His father, Christian Frederick Böcklin (b. 1802), was descended from an old family of Schaffhausen, and engaged in the silk trade. His mother, Ursula Lippe, was a native of the same city.[1] Arnold studied at the Düsseldorf academy under Schirmer,[1] and became a friend of Anselm Feuerbach. He is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. Schirmer, who recognized in him a student of exceptional promise, sent him to Antwerp and Brussels, where he copied the works of Flemish and Dutch masters. Böcklin then went to Paris, worked at the Louvre, and painted several landscapes.