Musée d'Orsay: Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901) A Modern Visionary

Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901) A Modern Visionary

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2001

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Arnold BöcklinAnacreon's Muse© DR / Aarau, Aargauer Kunsthaus
Rediscovering Böcklin, the surrealists highlighted the extraordinary creativity of the artist, his iconographic invention, the scholarly and iconoclastic exploration of mythology he practised, the extreme eroticism and morbidity of some of his work, the mix of genres and repertories, all that we now associate with a surprising modernity.

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Arnold BöcklinUlysses and Calypso© DR / Bâle, Kunstmuseum
This eclecticism is a characteristic of some large sea scenes, including Mermaids at Play, 1886 (Basel, Kunstmuseum) where tritons and naiads, lacking all idealisation, show the ferocious irony of the artist towards terrestrial and sensual appetites of the triumphant bourgeoisie of the first period of the Empire.

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