Exhibition in San Francisco collected 16 self-portraits and other works by Edvard Munch

The Museum of Contemporary Art in San Francisco opened an exhibition, the name of which was given by one of the latest works of Edvard Munch. The exhibition "Between the clock and the bed" collected 45 works of the Norwegian expressionist. There is no famous “Scream” among them, however, there are 16 self-portraits. They give an idea of ​​the artist’s life and emotional world.In many self-portraits, Munch portrays himself sick, pathetic and lonely, but without a trace of sentimentality. The artist openly looks at his life.

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

An interesting fact: “Self-portrait between the clock and the bed” in the 1970s became something of a key motive for American pop artist Jasper Johns. Initially, the similarity between the cross-hatching in his works and the pattern on the bedspread at Munk was unintentional. However, from 1980 to 1984, the American decided to openly use this fragment in a series with the same name as the Norwegian painting.In deathbedEdvard Munk1895

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

Pepel Edward Munch1894, 120.5 × 141 cm. Another important canvas in the exhibition is “Despair”, also known as “Unhealthy mood at sunset” (1892). It represents the same place, composition and emotional state as the cult "Scream" created earlier. The picture is only the second time in its history is shown outside of Europe.DespairEdvard Munch1892, 92 × 67 cm A number of other works (for example, “The Artist and His Model”, 1919 - 1921), although they are not called “Self-Portrait,” still represent the painter himself. Together, these paintings offer an alternative look at Munch as a revolutionary artist of the 20th century, as he was, making a name for himself in the era of symbolism.The artist and his modelEdvard Munch1921, 120.5 × 200 cmExhibition “Edvard Munch. Between the clock and the bed "will work at the Museum of Modern Art" in San Francisco until October 9. Then she will move to the New York Metropolitan Museum, which will be open from November 15, 2017 to February 4, 2018.
  • Edvard Munch, "Self-portrait with a lit cigarette" (1895)
  • Edward Munch, "Eyes to Eyes" (1900)
Arthive: read us in the Telegram and look in Instagram On the materials of the official site of the Museum of Modern Art of San Francisco, and several other sources. Main illustration: Edvard Munch, “The Dance of Life” (1925), Munch Museum in Oslo