Friday, March 27, 2009

Lonely Ones

To mennesker. De ensomme (Two Human Beings. The Lonely Ones), 1899
Edvard Munch (1864-1944)
Image and owner: Museum of Modern Art

I think this is my first repetition of an artist (See Munch) I discovered this wonderful woodcut today. A bit moody, a bit sad, I still find the image beautiful. The mood of the image is perfectly equal to Munch's preoccupation with dark themes in direct opposition to Impressionism. Munch, through simple forms (most specifically in his prints), creates strong emotions and attachment to basic themes such as love, death and anxiety.

The woodcut lends itself to a "cutting out" of the figures, similar to a jigsaw puzzle. Each is solidly their own as if they could be plucked out of the landscape. This, along with the moody desolation of the landscape, and the very specific space between them enhances the stark contrast between the land and the water. The image remains seamless where we still see two human beings in one moment despite their separation. Munch reused elements of his works, like the woman in this print. We also see her in the lithograph, Young Girl on the Shore, 1896.

I had a recommendation for a theme week of art recently. If there is anything that you would like to learn more about and discover more of (a movement, period of time, type of media, subject matter...) please leave me a comment, or email at Don't forget to take advantage of the tags at the bottom of each post to see previously posted art that is connected to what you are looking at.


Anonymous said...

I'll start with a statement: I love this blog. It feeds my starved right brain.

You have lots and lots of European artists, and most are very modern (by art world standards).

May I suggest diversification as I would a financial portfolio, around the world, perhaps by country, even by time period!


P.S. great one on Munch.

A.L. said...

Excellent suggestion. It's hard to diversify due to my own interests (and my lopsided art education) but I want to do it so I will try much harder.