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)
Helge Rode

Lithograph printed in black on heavy cream Japan paper

Sheet: 471x338-343 mm Image: 335x210 mm
Unsigned
1908-09
Woll 310 A.

Auctioned Thursday December 12 2013 at 15:00

Estimate
NOK 15,000–20,000

Hammer price NOK 19,000

LITERATURE: Halvor Fosli: Kristianiabohemen. Byen, miljøet, menneska (Kristiania-bohemians. The city, the environment, the people), Oslo 1994.
Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch Complete Paintings, London 2009.
Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch ??? The complete graphic Works, Oslo 2012, cat.no. 310.
Wikipedia about the poet, the author and the critic Helge Rode.

Helge Rode (1870-1937) was a Danish poet, and the son of Margrethe Rode (née Lehmann), who later married the Norwegian journalist Erik Vullum. She brought her two sons Ove Rode (later editor of the Danish newspaper «Politiken») and Helge Rode to Norway. Woll 2012, at cat.no. 62, p. 89.

It was in 1879, after her husband???s and the boys??? father???s death, the mother travelled with her sons to Norway. Helge Rode spent his youth in Norway. He was first cousin of the brothers Gunnar and Inge Heiberg, whose full names were respectively Gunnar Edvard Rode Heiberg and Inge Valdemar (Rode) Heiberg. Their mother was born Rode. Gunnar Heiberg is an infamous name in the circle around the Kristiania-bohemians, or at least he appears to have become infamous for Edvard Munch, and Inge was a genuine bohemian in the inner circle around Hans Jæger.

Under cat.no. 823 Woll refers to several portraits, included the above mentioned, of Helge Rode by Edvard Munch:

The portrait of Helge Rode was painted during Munch???s stay at Dr. Jacobson???s clinic in Copenhagen. They were old friends, and Munch had previously drawn a pastel portrait of him in 1891 (cat.no. 254), and a drypoint from 1895 (Woll 62). In 1908 he also portrayed him in a lithograph (Woll 310) that comes very close to the painting, and he painted a full length portrait of him the same year (cat.no. 824). Woll 2009, p. 806.