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Edvard Munch, Self-Portrait with Cigarette, 1895

Edvard Munch (1863-1944) believed that his artistic breakthrough occurred around 1913 at the age of 50. Throughout his career, the Norwegian painter regularly revisited subjects from his earlier years. "Self Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed," painted between 1940 and 1943, was one of his final such works and can be used to put the artist's other works into perspective. The painting depicts the artist's bedroom, with a door opening to the studio beyond, and Munch, emotionless, between the grandfather clock and the bed.

8cf0vo5jyyys.4bbf4084503.original.jpgEdvard Munch, Moonlight, 1893

nehknniacktv.cb72b083810.original.jpgEdvard Munch, self-portrait. Between the Clock and the bed, 1940-43

In total, the show will feature 43 works, created over 60 years of his career, including 16 self-portraits and works that have never before been seen in the United States, these are: "Lady in Black" (1891); "Puberty" (1894); "Jealousy" (1907); "Death Struggle" (1915); "Man with Bronchitis"(1920); "Self-Portrait with Hands in Pockets" (1925-26) and "Ashes" (1925).

The paintings span the artist's career, from early days to his later years.

w4wdnjulilt_.56e13084647.original.jpgEdvard Munch, At the Deathbed, 1895

xvqvugml31qv_co.83fff084249.original.jpgEdvard Munch, Sick Mood at Sunset: Despair, 1892

Born and raised in Norway, Edvard Munch was one of the most celebrated and controversial artists of his generation. With only brief formal training in painting, Munch was largely self-taught. He was a prolific artist, creating around 1,750 paintings, 18,000 prints, and 4,500 watercolors, as well as sculpture, graphic art, theater design and film. 

 

Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed runs November 15, 2017, to February 4, 2018, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.

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