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Contemporary Art

His Most Famous Painting (Isle of the Dead) – Arnold Bocklin

Leading nineteenth century ‘Symbolist’ painter, Arnold Bocklin (1827-1901) was known for his innovative representation of mythological subjects. This Swiss artist had a curious knack for adding a dramatic spin to deep expressions. He began as a landscape painter, but his body of works contained an element of the fantastical, rather than the real. His paintings carried a unique fusion of ‘Romanticism’ with the dark concept of ‘death,’ in a ‘Symbolist’ fashion. Bocklin was a great inspiration for veterans such as Salvador Dali, who inherited Arnold’s obsession with fantasy and decay. His magnum opus, “Isle of the Dead,” is considered among …