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Munch : his life and work

Author: Reinhold Heller
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The most innovative painter of Norway, Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was not only one of the masters of symbolism and a major forefunner of expressionism but also a pioneer of twentieth-century art and of the depiction of emotional experience and psychological development. His paintings and graphic works, concerned with themes of sexuality, love, anxiety, and death, depict universal emblems of the fears and needs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Edvard Munch; Edvard Munch; Edvard Munch; Edvard Munch; Edvard Munch
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Reinhold Heller
ISBN: 0226326438 9780226326436 0226326446 9780226326443
OCLC Number: 10208009
Description: 240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
List of illustrations --
Childhood and youth 1863-1880 --
Artistic beginnings 1880-1886 --
Years of indecision 1886-1889 --
Formation of a new aesthetic 1889-1892 --
Kristiania and Berlin 1892-1899 --
Years of crisis and success 1900-1914 --
The stranger to the world 1915-1944 --
Notes --
Select bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Reinhold Heller.

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"The most innovative painter of Norway, Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was not only one of the masters of symbolism and a major forefunner of expressionism but also a pioneer of twentieth-century art and of the depiction of emotional experience and psychological development. His paintings and graphic works, concerned with themes of sexuality, love, anxiety, and death, depict universal emblems of the fears and needs besetting the modern individual and reveal the unique psychology of Munch himself. In the general adulation of this artist, the reality of the man and the struggle of his art have often been overshadowed. Reinhold Heller demonstrates the full range of Munch's art, but also explores Munch's personality and thought to reveal an artist who, though sure of his talents, questioned the significance of art itself and found justification only in the power to communicate the complexity of life's experience and the mystery of death. Munch's art forms a visual diary and commentary on his own life and beliefs: a childhood burdened by sickness, his mother's and sister's tubercular deaths, and his father's fanatical religious faith; an adolescence of rebellion against tradition; his exploration of symbolist and decadent ideals; his scarring sexual liaisons; and his struggles against alchoholism and insanity. Heller has translated from the original Norwegian much of Munch's difficult and fragmented writing, which has been unavailable in English. His extensive use of these copious unpublished writings and other rare material replaces the myths of Munch's career with documented biography and art history. The illustrations present a rich collection of Munch's work as a painter, printmaker, and drafsman. Relatively unknown works from both public galleries and private collections are included, as well as the major works in Norwegian museums. Munch's images, his stylistic development, and the harrowing events in his life are closely interwoven in this definitive study to provide students of European painting with a powerful and stimulating picture of his varied art and genius."--Jacket.

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