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)
The Kiss of Death

Lithograph printed in black on medium thin laid, cream paper

Sheet: 362-366x531 mm Image: 295x460 mm
Signed in pencil lower right: Edv Munch
1899
Woll 144.

Auctioned Wednesday December 9 2015 at 15:00

Estimate
NOK 150,000–200,000

Hammer price NOK 150,000

LITERATURE: Arne Eggum: Edvard Munch The Frieze of Life from Painting to Graphic Art Love – Angst – Death, Oslo 2000.

… Also in the lithograph “The Kiss of Death” … Munch has used the characteristic Madonna face. The print was made as an illustration for Strindberg’s one-acter “Samum”, published in Quickborn in 1898. The lithograph illustrates the scene in which the Arab priestess Biskra holds up the skull to the man and suggests he should believe he is seeing himself in a mirror as dead, an experience which leads to his actual death. The title “Samum” refers to an extremely perilous desert storm which is traditionally symbolised by a harpy (the body of a bird of prey with the head of a woman), and Munch uses the Harpy motif as a vignette for this tale so typical of Strindberg, where in the head of the harpy we once again recognise the Madonna’s features. P. 203.