The iconic lithograph The Brooch. Eva Mudocci from 1903 achieved the highest hammerprice at The Annual Norwegian Edvard Munch Sale 2017.
This is also the highest price acheived for an object sold at auction in Norway 2017.
Among a number of solid prizes we would like to mention “On the Waves of Love” (1896), sold for € 83,000 and “The Woman II” (1895), sold for € 81,000. See the complete list with results here.
Edvard Munch, The Brooch. Eva Mudocci (1903) (part of lot no. 29, The Annual Norwegian Edvard Munch Sale 2017)
Lithograph printed in black
Signed in pencil lower right: Edvard Munch
LITERATURE: Gerd Woll: Edvard Munch – The complete graphic Works, Oslo 2012, cat.no. 244.
The British violinist Evangeline Muddock (1883-1953) took the stage name Eva Mudocci and performed often together with the Danish pianist Bella (Isabella) Edwards (1866-1954). They performed in several Norwegian towns in 1902, 1904, 1907 and 1909. Munch probably first met them in Paris in 1903.
Jens Thiis writes of Bella Edwards and Eva Mudocci (translated): “I became acquainted with them before Munch did, in Trondheim during a concert tour, when we had a little party for them in our home at Stavne. The brooch which Eva Mudocci is wearing is traditional Norwegian jewellery which I gave her on this occasion”. (Thiis 1933, p. 252, footnote). P. 221.