Edvard Munch | Graphic Works from The Gundersen Collection

  • 7th April − 23rd September 2012 | Modern Two (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) | £7 (£5)

The Show

During his long career the celebrated Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944) made several thousand prints. The core of this exhibition comprises fifty lithographs and woodcuts owned by a private Norwegian collector, Pål Georg Gundersen, along with additional works on loan to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art from two other private collectors. Including multiple versions of many works, the exhibition underscores the importance of Munch’s serial approach in which he revisited subjects over time, experimenting and reworking images to vary and even transform their emotive impact.

Primarily focused around the period 1895 to 1902, the Gundersen Collection features several unique, hand-coloured impressions by the artist, including a rare version of one of his most iconic works, The Scream. This was one of the images that formed the artist’s Frieze of Life series which Munch described as ‘a poem of life, love and death’. Munch aimed to reveal the psychological and emotional life of man, drawing on his own, frequently troubled experiences to fuel his artistic output. Rejecting Realism in favour of symbolist and expressionist styles, he stated, ‘No longer will interiors and people reading and women knitting be painted. There shall be living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love’.

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