Edvard Munch specialists. Norwegian Fine Art.

Finished
The Annual Norwegian Edvard Munch Sale 2013, part 2

Auction Thursday December 12 2013 at 15:00

Munch, Edvard (1863-1944)
Theatre Programme: Peer Gynt

Lithograph printed in brown on thin cream paper

Sheet: 252x320 mm Image: 247x298 mm
Signed in the stone lower left: E Munch
1896
Woll 82.

Auctioned Thursday December 12 2013 at 15:00

Estimate
NOK 80,000–100,000

Hammer price NOK 95,000

LITERATURE: Lars Roar Langslet: Henrik Ibsen-Edvard Munch Two geniuses meet, Oslo 1994.

Munch???s first Ibsen portrait was a lithograph, a theatre poster for Lugné-Poë???s performance of John Gabriel Borkman at the Théatre de l???Oeuvre in Paris in 1897.
At that time, the actor and theatre director Aurélien Lugné-Poë (???the great Scandinavian???) made a considerable effort to present the Nordic drama to his compatriots, most importantly Ibsen, who had had Brand and Peer Gynt performed in Paris, as well as a series of his contemporary dramas. However, Ibsen was not quite satisfied. He thought Lugné-Poë incorporated too much symbolism and mystical lighting in the performances. To mollify the master, Lugné-Poë hired Norwegian painters: Munch was commissioned to produce the posters for both Peer Gynt (1896) and Borkman (1897), and the stage sets were painted by Frits Thaulow and Jens Wang, respectively.
Munch???s first Ibsen assignment thus became the poster for Peer Gynt. P. 132.