introduction by Rizzoli, $16.50. A popular romantic painter in his own time. Bocklin (1827-1901) now seems a precursor of the Surrealists. His subject matter ran heavily to mermaids, tritons, fauns, satyrs, and centaurs, all depicted with absolute plausibility and in careful anatomical detail.They romp and splash through the pages of this striking book, accompanied by quotations in three languages. some from BÖcklin himself. “It is almost impossible.” he confides, “for me to work without a model.”.