Museum Folkwang
Flora, Blumen streuend
  • Arnold Böcklin
  • Flora, Blumen streuend, 1875

  • Flora, Scattering Flowers
  • Oil on wood
  • 82,5 x 51,5 cm
  • Acquired in 2004 with the support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 577
  • CommentaryAt the end of the 1860's, Böcklin was living in Florence and– inspired by the works of Sandro Botticelli – was occupied with the theme of springtime. In this painting, Böcklin varied the Fresco Flora painted in 1869 for the stairwell of the Basle Museum on Augustinergaße. However, he transferred the form of a woman floating in the picture to a landscape with a stream. Flora scatters a number of different flowers and the meadows behind her are already covered with them. The painting is remarkable in associating a stylization of a theme well-covered in poetry with a simultaneous idealization. A dramatically threatening sky and trees bent by the wind in the background contrast with the gentle motif of scattering flowers along a gently winding stream. Seeing in this a symbolic reference seems obvious; possibly the war of 1870 still played a role in the artist's iconography: the drama of the landscape in the background where centaurs might hold their fights, loses power; the language of love and virtue re-conquers the terrain.
  • Provenance1878, Kunsthandel Fleischmann, München
    1880, Kunsthandel Fritz Gurlitt, Berlin
    1906 spätestens - 31.08.1918 vermutlich, Anna vom Rath
    1918 - 1950, Familie Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach
    1950 - 1983, Harald von Bohlen und Halbach
    1983 - 2002, Doerte von Bohlen und Halbach, Essen
    2002 - 2004, Dr. Friedrich von Bohlen und Halbach, Heidelberg
  • Obj_Id: 7,321
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Flora, Blumen streuend
  • Obj_Title2_S: Flora, Scattering Flowers
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Flora, Blumen streuend Flora, Scattering Flowers Flora, Blumen streuend
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1875
  • Jahr von: 1,875
  • Jahr bis: 1,875
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 577
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0577
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 82,5 x 51,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on wood
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on wood
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 2004 with the support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
Commentary
Artists
Provenance

At the end of the 1860's, Böcklin was living in Florence and– inspired by the works of Sandro Botticelli – was occupied with the theme of springtime. In this painting, Böcklin varied the Fresco Flora painted in 1869 for the stairwell of the Basle Museum on Augustinergaße. However, he transferred the form of a woman floating in the picture to a landscape with a stream. Flora scatters a number of different flowers and the meadows behind her are already covered with them. The painting is remarkable in associating a stylization of a theme well-covered in poetry with a simultaneous idealization. A dramatically threatening sky and trees bent by the wind in the background contrast with the gentle motif of scattering flowers along a gently winding stream. Seeing in this a symbolic reference seems obvious; possibly the war of 1870 still played a role in the artist's iconography: the drama of the landscape in the background where centaurs might hold their fights, loses power; the language of love and virtue re-conquers the terrain.