Auction Monday December 12 2016 at 14:00
Munch, Edvard(1863-1944)
Birgitte III

Colour woodcut printed in two colours, black and reddish brown on heavy cream wove
Sheet: 680x588 mm Image: 596x322 mm
Signed in pencil lower right: Edv Munch

Annotated in pencil lower right: S.

Woll 720.


This impression of the woodcut was a gift to Ebba Ridderstad (1899-1987) from the artist. See Woll: Edvard Munch - Complete Paintings, London 2009: 1732, 1733, 1734 and 1735. Has been in the ownership of the family ever since.

NOK 400,000–500,000USD 47,000–70,000EUR 45,000–67,000

Auctioned Monday December 12 2016 at 14:00

Hammer price NOK 350,000

LITERATURE: Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch – Complete Paintings, London 2009.
Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch – The complete graphic Works, Oslo 2012.

Birgit Prestøe, née Olsen (1906-86) was a Norwegian who modelled for Munch from 1924-31, and appears in a large number of his works from this period.

Cf. cat. nos. 718, 719 and 720. (Cf. Eggum 1988; Stenseth 1988). Woll 2012, p. 431 under cat. no. 703: Birgit Prestøe. 1930.

This particular impression of the woodcut was given as a present to Ebba Ridderstad, ref. the provenance. Under P 1732 Woll writes:

Ebba Ridderstad contacted Rolf Stenersen in the winter of 1935 to ask the latter to arrange a meeting with Munch. The subsequent portraits of Ridderstad were painted in the winter and spring of that year (Eggum 1994). See also cat.nos. 1733, 1734 and 1735.

Ebba Ridderstad, née Pauli (1899-date of death unknown), Swedish painter, married 1. Carl Riddestad, 2. Gerhard Rappe. Woll 2008, p. 1550.

We have now, through the family, found out that the date of death for Ebba Ridderstad was 2 April 1987.