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A Cliff Face
Arnold Böcklin

The location of the rock face shown here is not known, and the sketch does not seem to have been made in preparation for any of the artist's finished paintings. The pitted face of the rock is closely observed, as is the greenery that clings to it here and there.

Key facts
Artist Arnold Böcklin
Artist dates 1827 - 1901
Full title A Cliff Face
Date made about 1850-5
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions 23.1 × 32 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L801
Location in Gallery Not on display
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