Edvard Munch : Between the Clock and the Bed - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art/SFMOMA available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Edvard Munch : Between the Clock and the Bed

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A richly illustrated book looking at the exceptional works of Edvard Munch (1863-1944) by examining them in the light of his precarious mental state

Following a nervous breakdown in 1908, Munch underwent electroshock therapy, which prompted a marked change in his art work. The haunting Self-Portrait between the Clock and the Bed, finished one year before his death, represents a culmination of the themes of mortality, isolation, and anxiety that he explored repeatedly, and provides, in these pages, a perfect lens through which to view the artist's entire oeuvre.

Informative essays consider Munch's position in the art world, his conception of self as a means of experimentation, and the psychological content of his paintings, while a previously unpublished foreword by the celebrated Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard offers a new perspective on Munch's life and work. Featuring over 40 masterworks from throughout the painter's career, and an illustrated chronology that traces the progression of his emotional state and its influence on the images he created, this is an intimate, provocative study of an enigmatic artist and his remarkable legacy.

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  • Authors: Gary Garrels, Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Jon-Ove Steihaug is senior curator at the Munch Museum, Oslo. 
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Date published: July 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1588396235

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