Edvard Munch: Chronology of Paintings 1880-1905
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EDVARD MUNCH: CHRONOLOGY OF PAINTINGS 1880-1905 Art Book contains 630+ HD Reproductions of Landscapes and Portraits, Nudes, Still Lifes and Genre Scenes with annotations and biography.
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( For more Edvard Munch paintings, see our Edvard Munch Chronology of Paintings 1905-1920 Volume 2 with 630+ HD paintings and Edvard Munch: Chronology of Paintings 1920-1940 Volume 3 with 450+ HD paintings.)
The sick girl’s fevered head rests benignly on the pillow, while a woman bows low in sorrow by her side. It is a scene of great pathos and strange serenity. The weary resignation in the girl’s eyes as she turns toward her stooped guardian leave us in no doubt that death is the unseen third character of the picture. The young artist knew it too as he painted it in his home, seated upon the wicker chair his sister had died on nine years earlier.
Munch’s mother died of tuberculosis at Christmas when he was just five years old. And even though his aunt moved in to take care of his father and the five children, little Edvard and sister Sophie clung to each other like soul mates. In the following years, cramped within their close quarters in working class Oslo (then Kristiania), frail Edvard was frequently ill himself, often spending half the dark winter confined to bed.
But just as she was approaching womanhood, it was Sophie, not Edvard, who followed her mother, succumbing to the dreaded disease. Once more the family was gathered around a dying loved one, pious father’s hands clenched together in prayer and Edvard silent in his stunned impotence. Sophie begged him to take the ailment from her, as if he was Jesus Christ; he hid behind the curtains to weep. In her final moments Sophie asked to be helped into a chair, where she was propped up like the girl in the painting. That wicker chair was with Edvard until he died six decades later.
“Sophie’s death was a blow from which Edvard never fully recovered,” biographer Sue Prideaux concludes. “A desolate longing for her remained all is life; he had lost his mother all over again.” But that her death found its way into his art time and again, constantly re-experienced, is not only a token of its deep imprint on his psyche. It also is a crucial insight into why Munch was an artist. As Arnold Weinstein puts it, “art kept Munch alive” and “he knew it.” In Munch’s own words, “my sufferings are part of myself and my art. They are indistinguishable from me, and their destruction would destroy my art.” More even than most artists, therefore, Munch’s art, life-motivation, and inner pain were inextricably co-dependent. (cont)
1903-04, Oil on canvas, 91 x 100 cm, Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway Landscape with Red House, 1902-04, Oil on cardboard, 80 x 65.5 cm, Private Collection Male Portrait, aka, Herr von R, 1902-04, Crayon on cardboard, 102 x 67 cm, Private Collection Marcel Archinard, 1904, Oil on canvas, 54 x 56 cm, Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway Max Linde, 1904, Oil on canvas, 226.5 x 101.5 cm, Moritzburg, Germany Max Linde in Sailing Outfit, 1904, Oil on canvas, 133 x 81 cm, The Stenersen Museum, Norway Moonlight
1904-05, Oil on canvas, 57.4 x 68.5 cm, Private Collection Bathing Boys, 1904-05, Oil on canvas, 70 x 91 cm, Kode Museum, Norway Beach Landscape, aka, By the Shore, 1905, Oil on canvas, 69.5 x 100 cm, Private Collection Beach with Rocks, 1904-05, Oil on canvas, 41 x 98 cm, Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway Card Players in Elgersburg, 1905, Oil on canvas, 85 x 100 cm, Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway Caricature Portrait of Henrik Lund, 1905, Oil on canvas, 67 x 57 cm, Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway
that is eternity.” And so in the stunning vision of Night in St. Cloud a figure that is both Edvard and his father stares pensively out of his apartment at the night-time haze of the Seine. “He had found a way,” Prideaux relates, “to make the picture of his father’s death.” Equally important for both his purpose and style was the fresh idea of his art not merely as reflection of life, but life. So conceived, his self-analytical reflections could be, Munch insisted, both deeply personal and
paper, 20.5 x 30.5 cm, Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design, Norway From Sandvika, 1881, Oil on cardboard, 21 x 27 cm, Flaten Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA Gamle Aker Church, 1881, Oil on paper, 26 x 20.5 cm, Private Collection Goblin with Christmas Porridge, 1881, Oil on panel, 15.5 x 21 cm, Private Collection Hakloa in Maridalen, 1881, Oil on cardboard, 30.5 x 46 cm, Private Collection Houses in Maridalen, 1881, Oil on panel, 22 x 31 cm, Private Collection Landscape-Maridalen by
1894, Oil on canvas, 164 x 250 cm, Kode Museum, Norway Woman's Head against a Red Background, 1893-94, Gouache on cardboard, 63 x 47.5 cm, Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway Woman, Sphinx, 1894, Oil on canvas, 72 x 100 cm, Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway Woman with Red Hat, 1893-94, Oil on panel, 24 x 18 cm, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden Ashes, 1895, Oil on canvas, 120.5 x 141 cm, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway Beach in Åsgårtstrand, 1895, Oil on cardboard, 57.5 x 83.5 cm,