Edvard Munch

Self Portrait

About this artwork

Munch made numerous self-portraits throughout his career in a range of media. He made his first printed self-portrait in 1895 and the image exists in two primary versions. The first, dated 1895, includes an inscription of the artist’s name at the top and a skeleton arm below, which acts as a memento mori. Coupled with the dense black background from which the artist’s disembodied head emerges, this sombre work reflects Munch’s preoccupation with mortality, even at the age of thirty-two. Munch revised the image at a later date, as seen here, covering the skeleton arm with the black ink used in lithographic printing known as ‘tusche’.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Edvard MunchNorwegian (1863 - 1944)
  • title:
    Self Portrait
  • date created:
    1895
  • materials:
    Lithograph on paper
  • measurements:
    73.20 x 52.60 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Collection of the Brochs of Coigach on long term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland,1998
  • accession number:
    GML 806
  • gallery:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch