The Honeymoon, Arnold Böcklin
Arnold Böcklin
The Honeymoon
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Arnold Böcklin

The Honeymoon, ca. 1876


Dimensions
72.0 x 52.5 cm
Physical Description
Tempera on wood
Inventory Number
LGBRD 6
Acquisition
On permanent loan from the Federal Republic of Germany since 1966
Status
On display

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About the Work

Many contemporaries were effusive in their praise of Böcklin as the greatest artist of his generation, while others criticised the Symbolist as an old-fashioned daydreamer. The scenery of his honeymoon has a hint of the fairy tale about it. It is possible that the Swiss artist was inspired to paint this picture by the marriage of his daughter Clara in Florence in 1876. The young couple - still hardly more than children - are sitting close together on a rocky cliff. With his arm outstretched, the bridegroom points across the dark abyss towards the distance, as if asking his wife to follow him there into the future.

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Basic Information

Title
The Honeymoon
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Tempera on wood
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert unten rechts: AB

Property and Acquisition

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Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
On permanent loan from the Federal Republic of Germany since 1966

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Iconclass

Primary
  • 42D3 marriage, married couple, 'matrimonium'
  • 31A2352 sitting on an elevation
  • 46C513 'en route', traveller under way
Secondary

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15.05.2019