Edvard Munch specialists. Norwegian Fine Art.

Finished
The Annual Norwegian Edvard Munch Sale 2015

Auction Wednesday December 9 2015 at 15:00

Munch, Edvard (1863-1944)
Towards the Forest I

Colour woodcut printed in three colours, blue, green and yellowish brown on thin Japan paper

Sheet: 730x837 mm Image: 495x645 mm
Signed in pencil lower right: Edv Munch
1897
Woll 112.

Auctioned Wednesday December 9 2015 at 15:00

Estimate
NOK 2,000,000–3,000,000

Hammer price NOK 2,900,000

LITERATURE: Magne Bruteig: Munch – Drawings, Oslo 2004.
Sidsel Helliesen: “Technical aspects of Munch’s prints and drawings», Edvard Munch Works on Paper, exhibition catalogue Munch Museum 2.11.2013-02.03.2014, Oslo 2013, p. 32-57.

Munch’s first sexual experience may perhaps be said to have followed the “Bohemian formula”; in summer 1885 he had an affair with a married but “liberated” woman, and this decisive event served as a fund of experience and a backdrop for many of his pictures on the theme of love. In concrete terms, this is especially true here of “The Voice” …, “Towards the forest” … and “Ashes” … . Bruteig, p. 60.

There are also a number of copies of “Towards the Forest” … in which the annual rings in the wood are used to varying degrees as articulating patterns in the surface of the picture. When working on this colour woodcut, Munch also used his famous jigsaw-puzzle technique. Instead of using several plates for different colours, he cut up a plate with a fretsaw, inked the pieces separately and put them together like a jigsaw puzzle. In this way he could print several colours in a single impression. Helliesen, p. 46.