Böcklin, Arnold
Spring (Songs of Spring). 1876

The Swiss artist Böcklin worked for a long time in Italy, developing his own version of the landscape, full of the spirit of pantheism. He sought to revive the original essence of the art of the ancients, a synthesis of elevated ideals and observations of nature. The three young women depicted here personify nature and express the main theme in Böcklin's work, the dialogue of Life and Death. A reproduction of this painting hung over the desk in Rainer Maria Rilke's study.