• Cristina Baldari

ARTIST INDEX: Edvard Munch

I am like

the sleepwalker who

walks on the ridge

of a roof—

sure-footed and calm

he walks without seeing

without hearing—

Oh someone shouts at

him—louder and

louder—he wakes up

and he falls off

of the roof—down

from his dreams—

Don’t do that

to me—that

—I walk

calmly in my dreams

which are my life—

—only like that

can I live


J.Gill Holland - The Private Journals of Edvard Munch: We Are Flames Which Pour Out of the Earth , University of Wisconsin Press, 2005


If someone asked you which painting best represents the tragedy of the pandemic, you would undoubtedly answer "The Scream" by Edvard Munch.

Even if he passed away almost eighty years ago, the Norwegian leading artist of Expressionism was a master in giving life to inner feelings throught a beautiful, timeless creative chemistry. Shades, portrayed characters and textures are still speaking loudly to us.


Edvard Munch (born December 12, 1863, Löten—died January 23, 1944, Ekely) grew up into a middle-class family that was plagued with a suffering story. His mother died when he was five, his eldest sister when he was 14, both of tuberculosis; his father and brother also died when he was still young, and another sister developed mental illness.

Spending a lot of time staying at bed in order to recover from his weak healt was the reason why he approched art so early.

He organized his first stolo exhibition in Kristiania, Oslo's ol name, in the spring of 1889.

Munch lived mainly in Berlin in 1892–95 and then in Paris in 1896–97, and he continued to move around extensively until he settled in Norway in 1910, working until his very last years.

Edvard Munch - "Self-Portrait in Hell" (1903)

The biggest Munch's artwork collection has recently receveid a restyling: the Oslo Munchmuseet changed its place from Tøyen -where it was opened in 1963- to Bjørvika, a thirteen floors modern building designed by Spanish architects firm Estudio Herreros and four times larger than the previous one. Opening on October 22, The new museum has already welcomed enthusiastic visitors with its eleven galleries, five thematic exhibitions and a dedicated room for Munch's photography experiments. Even the furniture both indoor and outdoor is inspired by his colours and created by designers Andreas Engesvik and Jonas Stokke.



The new MUNCH museum building has opened on October 22 in Oslo’s Bjørvika neighborhood.


Is it possible to admire 26,700 masterpieces in the new museum. Besides the cultural, powerful and sentimental value of his artistic experience, what's the economical one? Let's take a look to some of his last artworks sold at auction.



"Tiger og bjørn"/ "The tiger and the bear" (1908-1909)
Edvard Munch - "Tiger og bjørn"/ "The tiger and the bear" (1908-1909)

"Tiger og bjørn"/ "The tiger and the bear" (1908-1909) is a lithograph sold on October 26, 2021 at the Autumn Evening Sale in Oslo. The hammer price was € 9,280 (NOK 90,000 ).



Lot # 37

Print-Multiple Lithograph 24 x 47 cm

Hammer price: € 9,280 (NOK 90,000 ) Estimate: € 10,311 - € 12,373 (NOK 100,000 - NOK 120,000 )

Autumn Evening Sale 26 oct 2021 Blomqvist Oslo, Norway Details Signed « EDV Munch » lower right Notes: Woll 347 ; Sch 317



"Madonna" (1895-1902)
Edvard Munch - "Madonna" (1895-1902)

Madonna" (1895-1902) is a lithograph in colors sold on October 22, 2021 at Christie's in NEw York. The hammer price was € 601,730 ($ 700,000).


Lot # 86 Print-Multiple Lithograph in colors/card. Printed by Walter Lassally, Berlin, 1902 60 x 44 cm Hammer price: € 601,730 ($ 700,000 Price including buyer's premium: € 747,864 ($ 870,000 ) Estimate: € 343,845 - € 515,768 ($ 400,000 - $ 600,000 ) Prints & Multiples 22 oct 2021 Christie's New York NY, United States Details Hand signed Notes: Schiefler 33; Woll 39 Provenance: Gustav Schiefler (1857-1935), Hamburg; acquired directly from the artist on 11 February 1903 (according to Schiefler’s diary entry of that day). Otto Georg Schiefler (d. 2019), Hamburg; by descent in the family from the above. Private Collection, Hamburg; acquired privately from the above around 1968-70

"The Pretenders: Fratricide" (c.1929)

Edvard Munch - "The Pretenders: Fratricide" (c.1929)

The Pretenders: Fratricide" (c.1929) is a watercolor available for online auction from September 30 to October 7 and sold at Sotheby's United Kingdom. The hammer price was € 17,688 (£ 15,000 ).


Lot # 36

Drawing-Watercolor Pencil/paper 39 x 43 cm

Hammer price: € 17,688 (£ 15,000 ) Price including buyer's premium: € 22,286 (£ 18,900 ) Estimate: € 17,688 - € 23,584 (£ 15,000 - £ 20,000 )

Impressionist & Modern Art Online From 30 sep 2021 to 07 oct 2021 Online only Sotheby's United Kingdom Details Notes: Property from a Private Danish Collection Provenance: Private Collection




Edvard Munch - "On the Bridge" (1912-1913)

"On the Bridge" (1912-1913) is a lithograph available for online auction from September 16 to September 21 and sold at Christie's, United Kingdom. The hammer price was € 104,259 (£ 90,000 ).

Lot # 27 Print-Multiple Lithograph/grey laid Japan paper. Printed by A. P. Nielsen, Oslo Ed. 14 38 x 53 cm Hammer price: € 104,259 (£ 90,000 ) Price including buyer's premium: € 130,323 (£ 112,500 ) Estimate: € 115,843 - € 173,765 (£ 100,000 - £ 150,000 ) Prints & Multiples From 16 sep 2021 to 28 sep 2021 Online only Christie's United Kingdom Details Hand signed Notes: Schiefler 380; Woll 416 Provenance: Property of a private individual


"Anziehung I"/"Attraction I" (1896)

Edvard Munch - "Anziehung I"/"Attraction I" (1896)

"Anziehung I"/"Attraction I" (1896) is a lithograph sold on September 15 at Christie's, New York. The hammer price was € 29,648 ($ 35,000 ).

Lot # 1

Print-Multiple Lithograph/China. Printed by Auguste Clot, Paris 47.3 x 36.2 cm

Hammer price: € 29,648 ($ 35,000 ) Price including buyer's premium: € 37,060 ($ 43,750 ) Estimate: € 16,941 - € 25,412 ($ 20,000 - $ 30,000 )

A Graphic Dialogue: Prints from the Collection of Lois B. and Michael K. Torf 15 sep 2021 Christie's New York NY, United States Details Notes: Schiefler 65; Woll 75


"Der Kuss IV" (1902)

Edvard Munch - "Der Kuss IV" (1902)

"Der Kuss IV" (1902) is a woodcut sold on July 15, 2021 at Karl & Faber, Munich. The hammer price was € 120,000.


Lot # 501

Print-Multiple Woodcut/Japan 46.5 x 47 cm

Hammer price: € 120,000 Price including buyer's premium: € 150,000 Estimate: € 120,000 - € 150,000

Moderne Kunst - Ausgewählte Werke 15 jul 2021 Karl & Faber Munich, Germany Details Signed lower right Notes: Schiefler 102 D; Woll 204 III 2 (von IV 3). Provenance: Laube Antiquariat, Zürich; Klipstein & Kornfeld, Bern, 27.11.1959, Los 469, mit Abb. Tafel 3; Privatsammlung, Caracas; Privatsammlung, Bayern, durch Erbfolge an den jetzigen Besitzer. Illustrated on page 12 of the catalog



Sources:

https://www.artprice.com/artist/20694/edvard-munch/lots/pasts?ipp=30&nbd=5&sort=datesale_desc

https://www.munchmuseet.no/

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/oct/25/we-are-more-than-just-the-scream-inside-oslos-mega-munch-museum

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/feb/05/edvard-munch-works-up-for-auction-amid-renewed-interest-in-artist

https://www.wallpaper.com/design/munch-museum-furniture-vestre-stokke-engesvik

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Edvard-Munch