Edvard Munch specialists. Norwegian Fine Art.

The Annual Norwegian Edvard Munch Sale 2016

Auction Monday December 12 2016 at 14:00

Hotell Continental

Munch, Edvard (1863-1944)
The Lion Tamer

Lithograph printed in black on medium thin bluish grey paper
Sheet: 632x637 mm Image: 490x500 mm
Signed in pencil lower right: Edv Munch

Annotated in pencil lower left: “No 1. 13/12 1916 Nielsen”. Printed by Nielsen.

Woll 598 D.

Auctioned Monday December 12 2016 at 14:00

NOK 100,000–150,000 USD 12,000–17,500 EUR 11,000–16,500

Hammer price NOK 170,000

LITERATURE: Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch – The complete graphic Works, Oslo 2012.

Munch has made lithographs of the tiger- and lion tamer Sawade both with a tiger and a lion. See Woll cat.nos. 597, 598. In both cases the artist also had impressions made from the same stones where either the animal or the tamer were masked out, and in this case it was made a borderline around only the lion’s head. Sawade probably performed, as Woll says, at the Hagenbeck circus during their stay in Oslo. Woll under cat.no. 597, p. 380.