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The Annual Norwegian Edvard Munch Sale 2017

Auction Monday December 11 2017 at 18:00

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Viewing 6-11 December
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Munch, Edvard (1863-1944)
The City of Free Love

Lithograph printed in black on heavy white wove
Sheet: 432x295 mm Image: 312x235 mm
Signed in pencil lower right: Edv Munch

Woll 365.

Auctioned Monday December 11 2017 at 18:00

NOK 20,000–30,000 USD 2,400–3,600 EUR 2,100–3,100

Hammer price NOK 40,000

LITERATURE: Arne Eggum and Gerd Woll: "Alpha and Omega", exhibiton catalogue with Edvard Munch's text "The City of Free Love" The Munch Museum, Oslo 1981.
Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch – The complete graphic Works
, Oslo 2012.

Under cat.no. 365 in Woll 2012, it says among other things, that there exists:

Impression with the following text written in pencil (translated):

"The Painter's Song at the Gate. On naked foot I wandered long, thirsty hungry playing games, while longing for the wine, for woman's mead upon my lip, could I but rest awhile, lay my head to sleep. For a moment's sweet repose, with a maid with lips of mead. Behold the Paradise, on Earth young maids possess. Dream a little of the Paradise. That which was in Heaven. So much beauty has young maidens, golden hair and shining eyes, breasts that arch so generously, all of this our Lord has made. A maid can be such soothing rest for a king who has no kingdom".

Cf. exh. cat. Munch-museet 1981, in which Munch's drafted play "The City of Free Love" was published in extenso. Woll 2012, p. 269.