Edvard Munch: the modern life of the soul

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Museum of Modern Art, 2006 - Architecture - 256 pages
In an exploration of modern existential experience unparalleled in the history of art, Edvard Munch, the internationally renowned Norwegian painter, printmaker and draftsman, sought to translate personal trauma into universal terms and in the process to comprehend the fundamental components of human existence: birth, love and death. Inspired by personal experience, as well as by the literary and philosophical culture of his time, Munch radically reconceived the given world as the product of his imagination. This book explores Munch's unique artistic achievement in all its richness and diversity, surveying his career in its entire developmental range from 1880 to 1944. The comprehensive volume features a lavish selection of color plates, an introduction by Kynaston McShine, Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art, and essays by Patricia Berman, Reinhold Heller, Elizabeth Prelinger, and Tina Yarborough, as well as in-depth documentation of Munch's art and career. It will accompany the most extensive exhibition of Munch's art in America in three decades.

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Introduction Kynaston McShine
Could Only Have Been Painted by a Madman Or Could It? Reinhold Heller

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About the author (2006)

Munch, a forerunner of the Expressionists, Norwegian painter, began as a Symbolist, using simplified, sinuous forms to portray lonely figures in attitudes of solitude or despair.

Kynaston McShine is Acting Chief Curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Reinhold Heller is a professor of art history and Germanic studies at the University of Chicago. He has published extensively on the visual, culture, art, and art theory of nineteenth- and twentieth-century North Europe, including major studies of Edward Munch, Gabriele Munter, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, and Toulouse-Lautrec.

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