Auction Thursday December 12 2013 at 15:00
Munch, Edvard(1863-1944)
Attraction I

Lithograph printed in black on thin white Japan paper, laminated

Sheet: 506x385-387 mm Image: 472x355 mm
Signed in pencil lower right: Edv Munch
Woll 75.

NOK 300,000–400,000

Auctioned Thursday December 12 2013 at 15:00

Hammer price NOK 260,000

LITERATURE: Arne Eggum: Edvard Munch Livsfrisen fra maleri til grafikk Kjærlighet Angst Død (Edvard Munch The Frieze of Life from Paintings to graphic Art Love Angst Death), Oslo 1990.

Munch made an etching in 1895 of the motif Attraction.
In one of these impressions Munch has painted over with tusche and given the scene an arched framing as if he wanted to add sacral overtones to the motif ??? The arched frame is kept in the lithograph Attraction I (from 1896) ???, where he has painted with lithographic tusche in the stone for the deep sections and shaped the mystical starry-night and the reflections on the sea with the help of the lithographic crayon. And by using the scraper in the stone he has also been able to transfer to the lithograph the effects of the dry point from the etching. Among other places he used the scraper in the lithographic stone to render the sharp lines of the woman???s hair, which with a magnet???s force draws the man to itself. The first known title for this lithograph was ???Stars??? when it was exhibited as part of the graphic portfolio ???The Mirror???.
In ???The Tree of Knowledge for good or bad??? Munch lets this lithograph be accompanied by the following text:

When we stood facing each other
and your eyes looked into my eyes
Then I felt as if invisible threads
went from your eyes into my eyes
and bound our hearts together. P. 82-84.