Munch: in his own words

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Prestel, 2001 - Art - 213 pages
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"Just as Leonardo da Vinci studied the recesses of the human body and dissected cadavers, I try to dissect souls" said Edvard Munch (1863-1944), Norway's greatest artist and tortured genius. In this ground-breaking new study Munch's own soul is laid bare through the first English translation and analysis of diaries, literary sketches, and letters, presented together with his most important artistic works.Preserved in the archives of the Munch Museum in Oslo, to which they were presented by the artist himself, Munch's writings give a unique insight into one of the most fascinating artistic minds of the twentieth century. Munch was as influenced by the literary and philosophical context of turn-of-the-century Europe as he was by his artistic milieu, and by his own admission, several of his major works began as literary sketches.Beautifully illustrated with drawings, paintings, and Munch's own photography, this book presents an intimate portrait of the artist's life -- the early death of his mother, his childhood illnesses, his tragic love affair -- through his own philosophical and literary pieces. Interweaving Munch's artistic and literary experiences, these texts provide a commentary on his works and personal philosophy, on the works of his contemporaries (Van Gogh among others), and on the sensibilities of his friends and family. Expertly contextualised by Poul Erik Tojner Munch: In His Own Words brings the world of the artist vividly to life.

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Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944), considered one of the leading practitioners of Expressionism, is here presented in the context of his writings and personal experiences. Tmjner, an author ... Read full review

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Contents

Foreword
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Munch and his Own Words
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And the Wounds are Open
74
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Poul Erik Tojner is a critic and editor on the weekly newspaper Weekendavisen in Copenhagen. He has studied philosophy and literature at the University of Copenhagen and has written a PhD on Soren Kierkegaard. His main interests as a writer are the visual arts, poetry and philosophy.

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