Villa am Meer II
Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901)

Villa am Meer II,

Material / Technology / Carrier
Öl auf Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
123,4 x 173,2 cm
19. Jahrhundert
Inventory number
1865 durch Adolf Friedrich Graf von Schack erworben
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München
Arnold Böcklin, Villa am Meer II, 1865, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München, URL: (Last updated on 19.06.2023)
We know neither who the woman is nor the reason for her mourning. Böcklin indicated that she might be the ‘last scion of an old family’. With its pervasive melancholy, the painting acquired iconic status as the embodiment of a vague, insatiable yearning for southern regions and past times. In 1897 the art historian Heinrich Wölfflin wrote: ‘It is a painting that we cannot imagine being without, with associations leading in every direction. Whenever our century’s sensibility is spoken of, mention will have to be made of Villa by the Sea.’

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