Intaglio print printed in black on medium heavy cream Japan paper
Sheet: 309x415-417 mm Image: 205x315 mm
Signed and numbered by the artist in pencil lower right: Edvard Munch 9.
Woll 9 III b.
From the Meier-Graefe portfolio. Printed in 1895 by Angerer. The deluxe edition printed in 10 impressions on Japan paper before steel facing, all numbered and signed by the artist. See Woll: Edvard Munch - Complete Graphic Works, Oslo 2012, p. 43.
Auctioned Monday December 12 2016 at 14:00
NOK 400,000–600,000 USD 47,000–70,000 EUR 45,000–67,000
LITERATURE: Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch - Complete Paintings, London 2009.
Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch – The complete graphic Works, Oslo 2012.
The print is a reversed version of an image in a painting of 1885 (MM M 340, Woll 116). The models are the Norwegian painter Karl Jensen-Hjell and an unknown woman. Woll, 2012, p. 43.
The painting was dated to 1883 at the exhibition at the Nasjonalgalleriet in 1927, but has later generally been dated to 1885. The title «Tête-à-tête» probably comes from Gustav Schiefler, who used it for the intaglio print of the same motif (Woll 9) in his catalogue of Munch’s graphic work from 1907. At some early exhibitions the print was entitled “På hybelen” (“In the bed-sitter”), and the title has also been used for the painting (Thiis 1933). «Tête-à-tête» is, however, a title that has established itself over the years for both the etching and the painting and it is accordingly retained here. Woll 2009, p. 133.