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A Basel artist makes the entire world shudder.

The Isle of the Dead, Arnold Böcklin, 1880, Kunstmuseum Basel

The Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin creates a sombre mood so that the observer cannot help but shiver slightly. This first version (there are five worldwide) has a strongly mystical presence, accentuated by looming cypress trees against a dark sky. See this melancholic painting for yourself and experience firsthand the atmosphere of The Isle of the Dead.

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