Das kranke Mädchen [The Sick Girl]
© Munch Museum/Munch-Ellingsen Group, BONO, Oslo/DACS, London 2004

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Das kranke Mädchen [The Sick Girl] 1896
This is Munch's first colour lithograph. He regarded it as his most important print, and produced it in a variety of colour combinations. The subject relates to the death from tuberculosis of Munch's eldest sister Sophie in 1877, and also refers to the artist's own sickly childhood. It is not an exact portrayal of his sister, as a model posed for the work. Munch made several paintings and a group of lithographs of this particular scene. Images of suffering, tragedy, sickness and death occur repeatedly in his work.

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Lithograph

A printmaking technique using a stone or zinc plate to which the image is applied with a greasy material. After wetting the plate, greasy ink is applied. The ink sticks only to the drawn image and not the wet surface, thus creating a reproduction when applied to paper.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Lithograph, Print

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 2309
  • Medium Colour lithograph on paper
  • Size 42.10 x 56.30 cm (paper 44.50 x 56.70 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1981