Edvard Munch at the Tretyakov gallery
ARTinvestment.RU   16 апреля 2019

Tomorrow in the Engineering building of the Tretyakov gallery opens the exhibition of the famous Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch. The exhibition of around 70 picturesque and graphic works 30

the Exhibition "Edvard Munch" — joint bilateral project of the Tretyakov gallery and the Munch Museum (Oslo, Norway), with the participation of the Pushkin Museum to them. Of A. S. Pushkin. Among the estimated hundreds of works presented at the exhibition will be the first version of the composition of the famous work "the Scream" (from the collection of the Munch Museum, Oslo). Recall that another version of the Scream in may 2012 was sold at auction in new-Йорке $of 119.9 million, becoming one of the most expensive works of art in the world (7-е place in the ranking of the AI world artists).

Edvard Munch (1863-1944) — famous Norwegian artist, had a huge impact on the development of twentieth century art. In his work he anticipated many of the Central themes, tragic mood and the picturesque opening of the expressionists and their followers. However, the way Munch to recognition was long and arduous, especially at home. Precocious talent for drawing is not supported by the artist's father. Hard experience of losing loved ones, poverty, unsettled personal life, craving for alcohol, frequent illness and depression are translated in a bold and candid stories that strike the incredible power of feelings. Bright coloristic talent, memorable, evocative images, bold experiments in painting and drawing made by Munch cult artist. All his life he played the self-portraits, ruthlessly locking changes in the appearance and the internal state, each time as if anew after recreating himself experienced suffering and emotional turmoil.


Munch began working in the printed graphics in 1894 and left a tremendous legacy and its artistic significance in no way inferior to his paintings. He experimented with engraving techniques, tried dry needle, etching, aquatint, mezzo-тинто, lithography, woodcut. Almost all included in the exhibition of work created between 1894 and 1903 years, a decade, when was born the most important images included in "the Frieze of life." Munch with a striking sincerity portrayed "what he feels, wants, what he fears". His title, appealing not to the event, but emotions often have several connotations. Most of the subjects of Munch addressed repeatedly in different years, sometimes in different printing techniques. In addition, the exhibition presents portraits of poets, writers and playwrights, met and befriended the artist.

the Frieze of life

the centre of the exhibition — series of paintings "Frieze of life", which brings together iconic works: "the Scream", "Dance of life", "Vampire", "the Kiss", "Ash", "Metabolism. Life and death" and others. The artist called his "poem on life, love and death" and worked on it for over 30 years. He wrote that ""the Frieze" is intended as a series of decorative works, which together should create a picture of life. In them winds the winding coastline stretches near the sea, always in motion, and under the trees the bubbling of a diverse life with its joys and sorrows". A great influence on the formation of Munchprovided literature of the time: novels and plays H. Eger, B. Heavier, H. Ibsen, K. Hamsun, Strindberg A., poem by S. mallarmé, S. Pshibyshevsky, — and in particular the creation of the genius of F. M. Dostoevsky. They Munch drew ideas for his rich, deep psychological experiences images. All cycle works United by themes of love, jealousy, separation, illness, death, fear, sorrow. Their interpretation is related not only to the immediate UPS and downs of the artist's life, but also hidden symbols, allegories, direct and veiled quotations from works of world art.


In 1900-е, Munch enthusiastically adopted for the development of a new technology. Many researchers talking about the impact of photographic effects on his painting style and style. The presence of muddy blurry shapes and a double exposure on photographs of Munch is usually associated with his fascination with spiritualism and the desire to make the invisible visible. The problem of the duality of material and spiritual essence of the world inspired him to create not only paintings and drawings but also photographs. Munch can hardly be called a supporter of the idea of self-sufficiency of photography as art: he argued that "the camera cannot compete with a brush and palette — because it can't be used in hell or in heaven." In photography there are two periods: 1902-1910 and 1927-1932 years. Munch was interested in landscapes, portraits of friends, self-portraits, pictures of your own work and exhibitions. In the archives of the Munch Museum 261 is kept the prints that were selected for the exhibition of 14 original photographs made by the artist.


the Magnificent landscapes of Munch fascinate with a dynamic brush stroke, and a variety of colorful combinations. The swirling smoke of the locomotive, the rocks on the shore, the incoming wave, bending the branches of the trees the wind, the cold moonlit night and sunrise — everything encouraged the artist to be creative. In his opinion, "nature — is not only what meets the eye— is and inner images of the soul— images on the inside of the eye." Summer Munch chose to spend in nature, in different parts of Norway and Germany. The last 30 years, the artist lived in seclusion near Oslo in the estate of the Eckel, located in the heart of an old Apple orchard. Watching the changing of the seasons, with the life of the trees and surrounding fields, Munch strove to recreate the eternal cycle of life. Elegiac mood in his paintings are moving into is filled with inner fears night motifs, the joy of a gentle spring dawn gives way to anxiety the desolate winter expanse. Plunging into work on the paintings in the open air, the artist was convinced that the cold, heat, rain and wind bring the paintings favor, leaving traces.

the Artist and the model

Women in the life of Munch played a very important role. All his life he felt a tenderness and gratitude to her aunt Karen who supported his children's interest in painting was always helping the sisters, but his personal life is not formed. From his youth he was convinced of its exceptional destiny, and, having experienced a number of disappointments andshocks, all romantic relationships rather lonely and isolated life.


Munch was always interested in this genre, and the first samples brushes were portraits of his father, aunts and sisters. Later, he undertook the order, but when I saw the model potential for the realization of expressive artistic image of a particular type. The work on the portrait of Dr. Daniel Jacobson Munch wrote: "Jacobson — is a good doctor. Walked around like a Pope among white nurses and us — pale patients. The food was also white. Everything was white, except for the Jacobson. I wanted to say, and I persuaded him to pose for me. I wrote him a huge, widely spreading legs, amongst the madness of all possible colors".

Specially for the exhibition project "Edvard Munch" prepared by the international educational program, which will help better understand the inner world of the artist and his entourage. The program of lectures about the life and work of Edvard Munch, influence of literature and philosophy in his art, a puppet show based on the play by artist, book presentations and film screenings. Participants — critics, writers, publishers, translators and artists from Russia, Norway and Georgia. Detailed information on the website of the Tretyakov gallery.

Source: press-релиз GTG

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