Museum Folkwang
Schloss am Meer (Mord im Schloss)
  • Arnold Böcklin
  • Schloss am Meer (Mord im Schloss), 1859

  • Castle at the seaside (Murder in the Castle)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 112 x 177,3 cm
  • Permanent loan of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland since 1966
  • Inv. L 66/8681
  • Commentary›Murder in the Castle‹ is one of the first of the so-called Villa paintings which occupied the artist for over 30 years. For this dramatic scene, Böcklin re-employs the motif and composition of a mural he had painted shortly before (1858) for the Wedekindische Haus in Hanover. A travel diary published in 1914 by Friedrich Theodore Vischer, who had stopped in Munich on the way to Italy in 1859 and had seen the painting in Böcklin's studio, provides us with our first appreciation: »Shores of the Adriatic Sea, lovely villa along the gardens, below in the foreground a pirate is dragging a yammering woman towards a boat where two of his fellow pirates are already guarding a girl bound and gagged. On the shadowy path leading up to the villa lies the corpse: it must be the husband of the captured woman who died trying to defend her. You can see immediately that the painter wanted to provide a poetic narration, something in the spirit and tone of Byron. During the course of painting the picture, the figures were at first bigger, then smaller, at first more numerous, then considerably reduced, the somber action was at first meant to be in the middle of the fight, then it was changed to the struggle for life; all this with the feeling that the tense action distracts from the landscape which is here on the one hand of decisive importance to then become simply a sort of musical echo of an action. Just in its limitation, the latter is for its part to be denoted to struggle in an oscillating fight with the landscape for prominence in the signification. The painting has two focal points, and so wavers and disturbs.« Some 20 years later Böcklin returned to this imagery for his composition ›Villa am Meer‹, giving it a melancholic dusky mood, full of death and mourning, desire and transience.
  • Provenance1860, Arnold Böcklin
    1860, Großherzog Nikolaus Friedrich Peter von Oldenburg (beim Künstler erworben)
    (seit 1900), Großherzog Friedrich August von Oldenburg, Lehnsan
    Großherzog Nikolaus von Oldenburg
    1942 - 1942, Galerie Karl Haberstock
    seit 1942, Reichsbesitz
    seit 1966, Leihgabe der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
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  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Schloss am Meer (Mord im Schloss)
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  • Obj_Dating_S: 1859
  • Jahr von: 1,859
  • Jahr bis: 1,859
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: L 66/8681
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  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 112 x 177,3 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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1860, Arnold Böcklin
1860, Großherzog Nikolaus Friedrich Peter von Oldenburg (beim Künstler erworben)
(seit 1900), Großherzog Friedrich August von Oldenburg, Lehnsan
Großherzog Nikolaus von Oldenburg
1942 - 1942, Galerie Karl Haberstock
seit 1942, Reichsbesitz
seit 1966, Leihgabe der Bundesrepublik Deutschland