Munch: In His Own Words

This fascinating exploration of the life and art of Edvard Munch draws from the artist s copious journal entries, notes, letters, literary exercises, and photographs to present a groundbreaking approach to understanding one of the most compelling Expressionist painters Like many artists, Munch did not limit himself to visual expression For much of his career, he wrote alThis fascinating exploration of the life and art of Edvard Munch draws from the artist s copious journal entries, notes, letters, literary exercises, and photographs to present a groundbreaking approach to understanding one of the most compelling Expressionist painters Like many artists, Munch did not limit himself to visual expression For much of his career, he wrote almost as much as he painted, and many of his major art works began as literary sketches However, as this gorgeous and unusual volume makes clear, Munch did not write to explain his art, but as an extension of it Poul Erik Tojner s careful and insightful analysis of Munch s writings, many of which have been preserved in the Munch Museum in Oslo, reveals the deep connection between writing and painting in Munch s life Ingeniously organized by themes, the book presents beautiful reproductions of paintings, prints, and journal excerpts as they deepen our understanding of this compelling artist and provide interesting clues to the themes he returned to again and again.
Munch In His Own Words This fascinating exploration of the life and art of Edvard Munch draws from the artist s copious journal entries notes letters literary exercises and photographs to present a groundbreaking approa

  • Title: Munch: In His Own Words
  • Author: Poul Erik Tøjner Edvard Munch
  • ISBN: 9783791328836
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Munch: In His Own Words”

    1. This richly-illustrated collection of Munch's diaries adds yet another dimension to Munch's multi-faceted work and provides a rare insight into his views on art. Munch's writings are indispensable to understanding his visual works, especially given the autobiographical aspect of his artworks: "My art is a self-confession. Through it, I seek to clarify my relationship with the world." Moreover, the diaries reveal Munch's views on the purpose of art: "All in all, art represents the need of one hum [...]

    2. His journals are poetic. These cover his thoughts and feelings about his art, the art world, and choosing to paint "images of living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love.""I am like a sleepwalker who stands upon the eaves of a roof - and I do this safely in my thoughts and dreams.""My art is a self-confession. Through it, I seek to clarify my relationship with the world. This could be called egotism. However, I have always thought and felt that my art might be able to help others to c [...]

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