Colour lithograph printed in four colours, black, grey, yellow and red on thin Japan paper, laminated
Sheet: 538-541x692-694 mm Image: 417-420x561-566 mm
Signed in the stone lower right: E Munch
Signed in pencil lower right: Edv Munch
Auctioned Wednesday December 9 2015 at 15:00
LITERATURE: Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch Prints from 1896, exhibition catalogue Munch Museum 1996.
Paul Herrmann’s account of the process of printing this multicoloured lithograph is often quoted:
“-I wanted Clot to print for me, but I was told: “Can’t be done, Mr. Munch has already reserved time.” The stones with the great head were already lying side by side, nicely arranged in a row and ready for printing. And then Munch arrived, stood in front of the stones, peered at them through narrowed eyes, and conducted the process with one finger: “Print … grey, green, blue, brown.” And then he opened his eyes and said to me: “Come on, let’s have a drink …” And the printer went on printing until Munch returned and blindly conducted the procedure in the same way: “Yellow, pink, red …” And this went on a couple of times more …”. P. 24.