Edvard Munch specialists. Norwegian Fine Art.

The Annual Norwegian Edvard Munch Sale 2018

Auction Wednesday December 12 2018 at 19:30

at our premises

Munch, Edvard (1863-1944)
The Sick Child I

Lithograph printed in black, blue (faded to greenish) and yellow on Japan paper, laminated
Sheet: 509x635-639 mm Image: 420x560 mm
Signed in stone lower right: E. Munch
Signed in pencil lower right: Edv. Munch

Woll 72 IX.

Auctioned Wednesday December 12 2018 at 19:30

NOK 1,000,000–1,500,000 USD 118,000–176,400 EUR 103,000–154,500


LITERATURE: Sidsel Helliesen: “Technical aspects of Munch’s prints and drawings», Edvard Munch Works on Paper, exhibition catalogue Munch Museum 2.11.2013-02.03.2014, Oslo 2013, p. 32-57.

The relationship between Sophie and Edvard, the two eldest children of the Munch family, was particularly close. … Sophie’s death at the age of fifteen made a deep and lasting impression on her younger brother, which would later be reflected in his art. The painting “The Sick Child” (1885-6, Woll M 130) was an artistic turning point for Munch. With this work he broke with detail-oriented realism and created a distinctive, expressive visual language of his own. “In the Sick Child I broke new ground – it was a breakthrough in my art. Most of what I did later had its birth in this painting”, wrote Munch in the pamphlet “Livsfrisens tilblivelse” (1928). The central position of this motif in Munch’s oeuvre is underlined by the existence of an additional five painted as well as three printed versions – two etchings … and one lithograph … . P. 40.