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In the Sea  1883

by Arnold Böcklin

Arnold Böcklin’s art had little in common with Impressionism or the academic art of his time. Instead, his depictions of demigods in naturalistic settings interpret themes from Classical mythology in an idiosyncratic, often sensual manner. [i]In the Sea[/i], part of a series of paintings of mythological subjects, displays an unsettling, earthy realism. Mermaids and tritons...
34 3/8 × 45 3/4 in. (86.5 × 115 cm)
Oil on panel
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago