Edvard Munch specialists. Norwegian Fine Art.

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The Annual Norwegian Edvard Munch Sale 2013, part 2

Auction Thursday December 12 2013 at 15:00

Munch, Edvard (1863-1944)
The Sick Child

Intaglio print printed in brownish on heavy cream wove

Sheet: 599x440 mm Image 360x268 mm
Signed in pencil lower right: E Munch
Printer's signature in pencil lower left: O Felsing Berlin gdr.
1894
Woll 7.

Auctioned Thursday December 12 2013 at 15:00

Estimate
NOK 700,000–900,000

Hammer price NOK 600,000

LITERATURE: Pola Gauguin: Grafikeren Edvard Munch Tresnitt og raderinger (The Graphic Artist Edvard Munch Woodcuts and Etchings), Trondheim 1946.
Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch ??? The complete graphic Works, Oslo 2012, cat.no. 59.

In one of his earliest etchings The Sick Child from 1894 (Woll 7), Edvard Munch portrayed the girl with her grief-stricken mother beside her, as Gauguin describes:

The young girl, still a virgin, is already marked by death, and filled with sorrow, powerless in the face of the fact, the mother has collapsed by the side of her daughter. With great beauty Munch has depicted the tragic in that life dies in a young woman, before she has attained her vocation, to create new life. And with her death, life no longer has any meaning for the mother. Death is always a tragedy, but never so hopeless and definite as when a lifeline is cut and a generation dies. Gauguin, p. 68.