As Halloween approaches, images of death surround us. It becomes a time for remembrance of those we have lost, and inevitably a reflection on our own mortality. Between 1880 and 1886 the Swiss artist Arnold Böcklin made a name for himself painting 5 versions of his painting “Isle of the Dead”. The Surrealists were influenced by his work–Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and even Duchamp–although the seriousness of his claim is still debated. Böcklins legacy is clearly in the 5 Isle of the Dead paintings. He was considered a “symbolist”and was said to have been obsessed with themes of war, pestilence and death. His other works focused on these themes through mythological creatures and imaginary architectural locations–creating a dreamlike world. This might have had to do with his personal…