Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901)
Die Toteninsel (The Island of the Dead) is the best known painting of Swiss Symbolist artist Arnold Böcklin (1827–1901). Prints of the work were very popular in central Europe in the early 20th century — Vladimir Nabokov observed that they were to be “found in every Berlin home.” Freud, Lenin, and Clemenceau all had prints of it in their offices.
Böcklin produced several different versions of the mysterious painting between 1880 and 1886. [x]