Edvard Munch specialists. Norwegian Fine Art.

Finished
The Annual Norwegian Edvard Munch Sale 2018

Auction Wednesday December 12 2018 at 19:30

at our premises

Munch, Edvard (1863-1944)
Woman Taking a Bath

Intaglio print printed in black on medium cream wove paper
Sheet: 368x265 mm Image: 244x167 mm
Signed in pencil lower right: Edv Munch

Printer's signature in pencil lower left: O Felsing Berlin gdr.

1902
Woll 180 b).

Auctioned Wednesday December 12 2018 at 19:30

Estimate
NOK 100,000–150,000 USD 11,800–17,600 EUR 10,300–15,400

Hammer price NOK 80,000

LITERATURE: Magne Bruteig: Munch - Drawings, Oslo 2004.

Under chapter 3 Love/woman, Bruteig says among other things:

Munch's relationship to women is a popular and inexhaustible subject, not only for his biographers but also for all who read his texts and see his pictures. Inexhaustible, because he sends out so many different and apparently contradictory signals, both in writings and pictures, that anyone looking for simple answers is necessarily disappointed and perplexed. But why should this be surprising? Where sexuality and love are concerned, the inner landscape of most people is an impenetrable jungle. So it is hardly surprising that, among the countless women in Munch's art, we find both the pure and innocent girl and the sexually aggressive "femme fatale", woman as a swan and woman as a mermaid, as a vampire and as a Madonna, as temptress and victim. And much else besides. P. 57.