Nov 262007
 
Edvard Munch: The Scream

In reading this famous painting, hanging in the National Museum, Oslo, Norway, critics usually bring up themes of social alienation, of emotional extremes — such as anxiety, loneliness and despair — that anticipate the nihilism of the world wars and the general sense of existential impasse that followed. The main artistic device in this sketchy, […]

Nov 192007
 
Edvard Munch: Girls on the Pier

The author of the monograph I own on Munch,¬†David Loshak, puts a lot of weight into psychoanalytical interpretation of the Norwegian artist’s work. For instance, he suggests that The Sun, as well as the star’s manifestation in “The Dance of Life” function as a phallic image; he interprets the tree and its reflection in the […]

Nov 172007
 
Edvard Munch: Madonna

Madonna (the painting hangs in the Munch Museum, in Oslo, Norway) appears in a state of trance or sleep, with scattered hair and exposed breasts and abdomen. She is enveloped in a swirling background that seems to want to draw her in, or backwards, almost like a Maelstrom (a quintessential north-European term Edward Munch must […]