Arnold Böcklin, Villa am Meer, um 1864, Öl auf Leinwand, 62,1 x 74,3 cm, München, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Neue Pinakothek, Inv. 10811
Arnold Böcklin, Villa am Meer I, 1864, Öl auf Leinwand, 124,5 x 174,5 cm, München, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack, Inv. 11528
Arnold Böcklin, Villa am Meer II, 1865, Öl auf Leinwand, 123,4 x 173,2 cm, München, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack, Inv. 11536
Arnold Böcklin, Villa am Meer, um 1877, Öl auf Leinwand, 108 x 156 cm, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Inv. 1512
Arnold Böcklin, Villa am Meer, 1878, Öl auf Leinwand, 110 x 160 cm, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Inv. KV 1102
Dark clouds, cypresses bowing to the wind and a villa by the sea in the red evening sky served as a dramatic setting for this metaphor of solitude. A withdrawn female figure is standing on the beach, as if she were on stage. The body’s melancholy posture, with her head resting in her hand, can be traced under her cloak. Böcklin is alluding to the onlooker’s withdrawal into his self. This is the third version of five dealing with this subject, which was of great importance to the artist.
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