Edvard Munch master of the Soul. Art review by the artist Maite Rodriguez in her weekly section on Yareah. Remember, every Saturday you have a date with Maite.
Edvard Munch master of the Soul.
Presently Archeologists are uncovering the secrets of the genius Edvard Munch as they sift through the earth at Nedre Ramme the Symbolist painter’s summer home in southern Norway. This is a unique excursion for archeologists led by Petter Olsen a billionaire, whose family was once Munch´s neighbors, as they have never before been asked to investigate the ruins of an artist´s house. So far, “everything” ranges from one of Munch’s palette knives to barbed wire dating from the Nazi occupation giving unprecedented insight into the man behind the painting.
The property is to be restored to its former glory by renovating his pier-side studio, and reestablish plants and farm animals once kept here, as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Munch’s birth. It is an attempt to overturn the cliché of a symbolist steeped in Scandinavian gloom for a vision of Munch as an avatar of modernism. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in Munch’s environment, as the museum will include an exclusive hotel. The discovered treasures are said to be going on display in a temporary gallery on the site with future plans of constructing part of the exhibition ¨Edvard Munch Returns to Ramme: 100 years after taking Berlin¨. This exhibition will re-create a 1913 exhibition Munch’s paintings in Berlin opening September 23rd 2013.
Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is widely thought to have done his best work between 1892 and 1908, while he ambled between Norway, Paris and Berlin. During this time he was fortunate enough to absorb the latest conception of styles, like Impressionism, and along with aiding the founding of French Symbolism and German Expressionism.
Munch was just reaching 30 when he first painted his identifiable and emblematic The Scream in 1893. He lived to the age of 80. An exhibition of his 20th-century output, Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye, has reached London’s Tate Modern on the heels of Sotheby’s sale in May of one of the four Scream paintings for $120 million—an auction record for an art work.
Munch was a depressed and alcoholic when he sought the peace of the countryside in 1910, and the impact on his art was immediate and far-reaching, says art historian Ina Johannesen. “Munch is called the modern master of the soul, but this is where he turned from the inside to the outside, looking for the first time at the landscape, at the light.
Munch was born further north of Oslo in Loten, he was a baby when his family moved to the capital in 1864, and 5 years old when his mother died of tuberculosis. His paintings were finally recognized at the age of 40 when he sold his first. Norway’s leading newspaper, Aftenposten, reviled his work as the “hallucinations of a sick mind”—a lacerating gibe since Munch’s sister Laura had schizophrenia.
After his short stays between Paris and Berlin he retreated to rustic studios around the Oslofjord. Recovering in a Copenhagen psychiatric clinic in 1908, he blamed the “town of enemies” for a breakdown fueled by alcoholism. When Munch died he bequeathed all his works to the city of Oslo.
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