Edvard Munch specialists. Norwegian Fine Art.

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The Annual Norwegian Edvard Munch Sale 2016

Auction Monday December 12 2016 at 14:00

Hotell Continental

Munch, Edvard (1863-1944)
Kristiania Bohemians I

Intaglio print printed in black on medium heavy cream wove
Sheet: 397-399x470-474 mm Image: 205x290 mm
Signed, dated and annotated by the artist in pencil lower right: E. Munch 1895 1 ter Abz. 2 Z. (1 (Erster) Abz. (Abzug) 2 (Zweiter) Z. (Zustand). = 1 (First) Impression 2 (Second) State.)

This impression is probably identical to the one Woll mentions under her cat.no 15 II: "Under his second state," (Sch. 10) "Schiefler refers to an impression owned by Graf Kessler inscribed "E Munch 1895 1. Abz. 2 Z"." Woll 2012, p. 48.

1895
Woll 15 II.

Auctioned Monday December 12 2016 at 14:00

Estimate
NOK 200,000–300,000 USD 23,500–35,000 EUR 22,000–33,000

Hammer price NOK 180,000

LITERATURE: Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch – The complete graphic Works, Oslo 2012.
Halvor Fosli: «Edvard Munch and the Kristiania Bohemians», Edvard Munch Works on Paper, exhibition catalogue Munch Museum 02.11.2013-02.03.2014, Oslo 2013, p. 92-109.

The figures in the picture are probably a student named Holmsen (with the hat), the Norwegian writer Axel Maurer (1866-1925), and Munch himself in profile on the far left. Woll, p. 48.

The term “Kristiania Bohemians” was probably used for the first time in 1883 in Hans Jæger’s play «Olga», in which it designates «Herman Eek and his friends». Eek is Jæger’s pseudonym for himself. He had become famous in the city for three public speeches on prostitution in 1882. The Bohemian circle surrounding Jæger – ostracised demagogue, seducer of the young, apostle of immorality – can be dated from spring 1882 until its disintegration towards the end of the decade. …

For Munch, Hans Jæger was undoubtedly the most important person in the Bohemian circle. They had much in common personally, most of all a very serious approach to life, a dislike of frivolity and superficial social life.

Munch collected subject matter and experiences from the life of the cultural avant-garde in the small provincial capital. His own and others’ semi-private café and studio life provided him with many of his best motifs during these years. He lived his life in this childless, unconventional urban world. In his choice of themes, Munch calls attention to the new, modern, secular, discordant, sexualised individual, with his jealousy, longing, emptiness, anxiety, doubt and desire. …

A few years later the Bohemian circle surrounding Jæger became socially, intellectually, and politically bankrupt as a result of intrigues, emigration, poverty, imprisonment, death, and suicide, and from its ashes arose another meaning of Bohemian, which has prevailed to this day – the Bohemian as an adaptable, light-hearted person, who has chosen his own, unconventional way of life and enjoys it to the full. Fosli 2013, p. 95-105.