Oil on canvas
Signed lower right: E Munch
Leopold Wondt, Copenhagen (1916-); Niels Onstad, Oslo; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden (-1981); Sotheby's (1981); Christie's (1984); private collection (1988-91); Kunsthuset AS (-1993-); Blomqvist (1998); Axel C. Eitzen (2004-).
Auctioned December 4 – December 11
LITERATURE: Arne Eggum: Edvard Munch. Portraits, Oslo 1994, p. 192.
Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch Complete Paintings, catalogue raisonné, Vol. III 1909-1920, New York 2009, cat.no. 1194.
Wondt visited Munch with the Danish actor and theatre-director Albrecht Schmidt in October 1916. Leopold Wondt (1889-date of death unknown), was a Danish businessman and theatre-owner. Wondt made a fortune during the First World War, but then left Denmark and little is known of his later life.
Munch painted two portraits of Wondt during his visit to Ekely in October 1916, keeping one for himself (see cat.no. 1193). Wondt bought the other one for the sum of 2000 kroner, sending the money together with a letter of thanks to Munch on October 26 (letter Wondt/Munch October 26, 1916). Woll, p. 1113.