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Edvard Munch : Archetypes

Paloma Alarco

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ISBN 10: 8415113730 / ISBN 13: 9788415113737
Published by Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 2015
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Edvard Munch : Archetypes

Publisher: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Challenges our preconceptions of Edvard Munch by illustrating the remarkable stylistic and emotional breadth of his paintings -- taking us well beyond the reductive association of Munch only with the iconic work "The Scream"

Edvard Munch: Archetypes brings together a thematic selection of 80 works -- in full-page, museum-quality reproductions -- that examine the painter’s long and prolific career and reveal his ability to synthesize the obsessions of modern humanity. This is the first book to emphasize the wide spectrum of emotional archetypes through which Munch reveals various existential obsessions such as love, desire, jealousy, angst and death, and states of mind including melancholy, passion and submission. Each section of the volume is structured around these archetypes, showing the representation of the human figure in various settings: the seaside, the sickroom, the 'green room,' the woods, the night and the artist’s studio. It combines early works with late versions and paintings with graphic works so as to underscore the thematic and existential circularity of Munch’s oeuvre.

The art of Edvard Munch (1863–1944), who is today considered one of the forefathers of modern art along with Cézanne, van Gogh and Gauguin, developed from a distinctive blend of tradition and experimentation. From the beginnings of his career, the Norwegian artist created a particular mythology for modern times that was in close step with the art, literature and thought of his contemporaries. His aesthetic language, which evolved from Symbolism to Expressionism, deployed various strategies to construct a pictorial narrative of the most universal subjects.

Edvard Munch (1863–1944) was born in Løten, Norway, and studied design and art in Oslo. In May of 1885 he traveled to Paris on a scholarship, and after the deaths of his sister and father the following year, he began to spend most of his time in France. His painting first achieved fame with an 1892 exhibition in Berlin, which also led directly to his influence upon the German Expressionists. Despite struggles with alcohol and mental health, Munch lived to the age of 80.


[E]xplores the painter’s contributions to the history of modern art, accomplishments that make him―along with Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh―one of its founding figures. (Apollo6)

Deconstructing Munch: an exploration of Archetypes.... a reassessment of Munch’s work and the way it has been studied in the past... posing new questions and theories. (Tamara Calcaño

[S]uccessfully curated by Paloma Alarcó... enables us to 'listen to the dead with our eyes.' Paintings and writings come together... divided into emotional Archetypes to communicate this artist’s obsessions from throughout his intense life. (Elena Cué Huffington Post)

A remarkable assemblage, made even more remarkable by the curators’ deft classificatory touch. Our sense of the painter is heightened by our ability to understand the particular threads that unspooled within Munch’s extensive corpus. (Benjamin Riley The New Criterion)

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