Intaglio print printed in brownish black on heavy, cream Japan paper
Sheet: 514x729 mm Image: 316x486 mm
Signed in pencil lower right: E Munch
Printer's signature in pencil lower left: O Felsing Berlin gdr.
Woll 163 b) II.
Auctioned Wednesday December 12 2018 at 19:30
NOK 160,000–200,000 USD 18,800–23,500 EUR 16,500–20,600
LITERATURE: Arne Eggum: Edvard Munch. Paintings, Sketches and Studies, 2. edition, Oslo 1986.
Edvard Munch was continuing his work on "The Frieze of Life", the love and death cycle for which he was always hoping to find an official site. Whereas previously he had subjectively dwelt in his pictures mainly on his own memories, he now turned his attention to other people's experiences, in keeping with his newly aroused interest in the world about him. A good example of this is the final version of "Dead Mother and Child", where only the child and the dead mother are left on the scene. The family members who appear in the background in the first version have now vanished. The painting no longer conveys the memory of an experience that includes the sister's anxiety, but has become exclusively an expression of the anxiety of death as an incomprehensible absence. P. 160-163.
The final version in painting, see Woll 447 from 1899. For other paintings, see Woll 325 from 1893 and Woll 446 also from 1899. For drawing see MM.T.00301 from 1896-1899. The intaglio print is a mirror image compared to the paintings and the drawing.