The Adventurer (1882) by the Swiss symbolist painter Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901).
Despite is nearly perfectly painted with very realistic details, it’s no realistic painting at all. The whole scenery and pose are constructed. The parting ship, the bones, the lonesome knight all are symbols.
Böcklin doesn’t pretend to show a real scene of history, it’s much more an idea, a dream.
Asher Brown Durand (1796 – 1886)
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