The canvas “Self-portrait between the clock and the bed” is the starting point for the entire show. His deepest motive - like all similar works of the last decade of Munch's life - is the confrontation between an old man and death. Here the artist is in his own bedroom, and the sunlit studio behind him is full of works in which was the meaning of his life. The shadow on the floor in front of him is shaped like a cross.
Munch's face does not express any emotion. He placed himself between two symbols of death - the old floor clock, which, as it were, exists outside of time and the bed, where a significant part of human life passes. This painting, written in the pre-death year, is considered one of the last major works of the painter.
Left: Edvard Munch, “Self-portrait between the clock and the bed” (1940 - 1943). Munch Museum, Oslo
At the exhibition in San Francisco, the Munch Museum in Oslo sent another series of "selfies", among which - "Self-portrait with hands in pockets" (1925 - 1926). It was created in the period between two serious cases, which undermined the artist’s already fragile health: the “Spaniards”, transferred in 1918, and the vitreous hemorrhage of the right eye in 1930. After that, Munch almost stopped writing, although he still made sketches with distorted forms, which was the result of rupture of blood vessels.
“Self-Portrait with Hands in Pockets” is one of seven works at the exhibition that fans of Edvard Munch will see in the United States for the first time. The remaining six "debutants" - "The Lady in Black" (1891), "Maturation" (1894), "Jealousy" (1907), "Fighting Death" (1915), "Man with Bronchitis" (1920) and "Ashes" (1925).
Left: Edvard Munch, “Self-portrait with hands in pockets” (1925 - 1926). Munch Museum, Oslo
- Edvard Munch, "Self-portrait with a lit cigarette" (1895)
- Edward Munch, "Eyes to Eyes" (1900)