Edvard Munch: love and angst - the exhibition catalogue from British Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Edvard Munch: love and angst

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'A gripping excavation into a little explored corner of Munch s oeuvre: there is so much more to him than The Scream. Beautifully intense' - The Lady

A beautifully illustrated and informative book exploring Edvard Munch's prints, which accompanies the 2019 exhibition at the British Museum.

Edvard Munch Love and Angst

Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is best known today as a painter, but his reputation was in fact established through his prints, which were central to his creative process. His printmaking was experimental and innovative, and he continually revisited the subjects of his paintings in striking prints, in which he evoked a wide range of emotion and mood through the use of varied techniques. 

His first works centred on the expression of deep emotional experiences, specifically the deaths of his mother and teenage sister when he was growing up, as well as passionate yet unhappy love affairs of which his deeply religious father disapproved. Encouraged by his encounters with a Bohemian society of artists, writers and poets, he developed a visual landscape that was a radical deviation from the slick society portraits and grand Scandinavian landscapes then so much in vogue. His efforts attracted considerable attention and much criticism, and he practised with little financial success as a painter for ten years before he started to gain his reputation as a profoundly innovative printmaker.

Written by a team of acknowledged experts, and with an interview by writer Karl Ove Knausgaard, this book sheds new light on the production of some of Munch's most remarkable works.

Details
  • Author: Giulia Bartrum, Curator of German Prints and Drawings, British Museum
  • Hardcover: 224 pages | 186 colour illustrations
  • Date published: April 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500480465
  • Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 23.0cm
Reviews

'A very fully illustrated hard-cover book ... with excellent essays on various aspects of Munch's activity as a print-maker' - Artlyst

'A gripping excavation into a little explored corner of Munch's oeuvre: there is so much more to him than The Scream. Beautifully intense' - The Lady

'Munch's best prints crackle with energy and are still exciting and relevant now. This book is warmly recommended' - Printmaking Today

'A fine study which gets behind the popular image to reveal the human story' - Book Murmation

'Edvard Munch: Love and Angst is clear and deliberate in its scope and raises awareness of a highly prolific, yet mostly hidden side of the artist, ultimately justifying Norway’s continued pride.' - New York Journal of Books


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