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 Kiss

Intaglio print printed in brownish on medium thin cream wove

Sheet: 495x373 mm Image: 345x278 mm
Signed in pencil lower right: E Munch
Printer's signature in pencil lower left: O Felsing Berlin gdr.
1895
Woll 23.

Auctioned Thursday December 12 2013 at 15:00

Estimate
NOK 700,000–900,000

Hammer price NOK 1,100,000

LITERATURE: Magne Bruteig: Munch ??? Drawings, Oslo 2004.
Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch ??? The complete graphic Works, Oslo 2012, cat.no. 23 b.

Some people have formed the idea that Munch was a misogynist. A glance at ???Consolation??? ??? is enough to see how meaningless such a generalization is. The warmth and tenderness in this portrait can scarcely be reconciled with misogyny. The same goes for ???The Kiss??? ??? , in which the love between man and woman is portrayed with intensity and insight. The symbolic merging of the two of them into one has been given concrete pictorial expression by the absence of contours in their faces. They have become one flesh.

???She was warm and I felt her body clamped tight against me ???
We kissed for a long time ??? there wasn???t a sound in the huge studio ???
I laid my cheek against hers and stroked her hair ???
Her cheeks were burning ??? Say something dearest I said ???
but she did not answer.???
Bruteig, the quote from Munch???s own writings: Ms. Munch-mus. T 2782-h, p. 59-60.