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The Tomb of Böcklin

1901-02; Oil on canvas; 117 x 99 cm Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe, Germany

FERDINAND KELLER AND BOCKLIN'S ISLE OF THE DEAD

Ferdinand Keller (German, 1842-1922)
It was only in 1900 that he was influenced by Arnold Böcklin and, like him, inspired by themes taken from ancient mythology. His landscapes, romantic in spirit, were animated by rustic characters who played the flute by the edge of a lake on which floated swans, and which was surrounded by thick forests. A magical atmosphere emanates from these evocations of the myth of Narcissus or the cult of the dead, like that which he called 'The Tomb of Böcklin', where a mysterious door, surrounded by black cypress trees, appears in a misty valley enveloped in melancholy. It is a transposition of 'The Island of the Dead' by Böcklin, and a token of the admiration he had for his master.
Primary biographical source: The Concise Encyclopedia of Symbolism

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