Thursday, September 30, 2010

a picture for dreaming over

Arnold Böcklin, Isle of the Dead, Oil on Board, 80 x 150 cm, 1886, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig

"One of Arnold Böcklin's (1827-1901) most haunting images, especially for later painters like Giorgio de Chirico and the Surrealists, came to be called Island of the Dead, a scene depicting no known reality but universally appealing to the late Romantic and Symbolist imagination. With its uncanny stillness, its ghostly white-cowled figure, and its eerie moonlight illuminating rocks and the entrances to tombs against the deep, mysteriously resonant blues and greens of sky, water, and tall, melancholy cypresses, the picture provided inspiration not only for subsequent painters but also for numerous poets and composers."
(source for quote: History of Modern Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Photography by H. H. Arnason, published by Prentice Hall, Inc., and Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York © 1998)

Rachmaninov - The Isle of the Dead Op. 29

Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence
(haunting in a different way: a "ghostly white-cowled figure" standing on top of one of the World Trade Center buildings)

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