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* 12.12.1863 Løten, † 23.1.1944 Oslo

Edvard Munch was born in 1863 in Løten, Norway, the son of a military doctor. When he was a year old, the family moved to Kristiania (now Oslo). He lost his mother to tuberculosis in 1868, and his eldest sister in 1877. In 1879 Munch began architecture studies at the Institute of Technology in Kristiania, which he stopped after just a year, in order to attend a drawing course at the Royal Art School, where his talent for painting caused a stir. In 1885 he travelled to Paris, where he was greatly impressed by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, who inspired him towards his own artistic path. In the same year, he showed his etchings publicly for the first time at Ugo Baroccio, a gallery in Berlin. Somewhat later he exhibited a series of prints “Eine Reihe von Lebensbildern” at the Berlin Sezession, as a result of which he took part in further exhibitions, and in collaboration with the gallery owner Bruno Cassirer, he successfully generated sales of his print portfolios. From 1892 to 1908 Munch lived between Paris and Berlin. In order to recuperate from his recurring nervous states and alcohol dependency, he would spend the summer months reguarly in Norway. His extensive oeuvre comprising 1006 paintings, 15 391 prints and around 4443 drawings and watercolours gave him access to a broad public. He was keen to experiment with new media including photography. Edvard Munch died at the age of 81 in 1944 in his house in Ekely.

As the most important Symbolist print maker and precursor to Expressionism, Edvard Munch is one of the outstanding artists of the Classic Modern period. His oeuvre greatly influenced subsequent generations of artists. As early as the beginning of the 1880s, in his work the young painter magically and powerfully combined an emotional and expressive level, characterised by loneliness, fear, melancholy and longing for love, with an objective, aesthetic level. It was an important break from the pictorial methods of the era of naturalism, where factors such as three-dimensionality through naturalistic colours, materiality, physicality and perspective could not be omitted. Edvard Munch developed his characteristic artistic language, by turning to the subjective and seeking to express his emotional state.

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Lot 3621 - Z37 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 06 December 2014, 01.30 PM


(Løten/Norwegen 1863–1944 Ekely near Oslo)
The brooch. Eva Mudocci. 1903.
Chalk lithograph, 1st state.
Signed and inscribed at the bottom right: Edv. Munch. Lashally. Handwritten number at the bottom left: 255-27. Above it once again inscribed: Lashally. Stamp at the bottom left verso: Munch-museet 1968 Be.-nr. 255-12. We thank Magne Bruteig of the Munch Museet, Oslo for his technical assistance.
Image 60 x 46 cm on thin Japan paper 83.5 x 63 cm. Printed by Lassally.

CHF 130 000 / 180 000 | (€ 134 020 / 185 570)

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Lot 3443 - Z21 Prints & Multiples - Friday 08 December 2006, 01.30 PM


(Løten/Norwegen 1863–1944 Ekely near Oslo)
Meer der Liebe. 1896. (sea of love)
Lithographie. Unten rechts signiert: Edv. Munch. In der linken unteren Ecke mit Bleistift die Archivnummer der Graphischen Sammlung des Munch-Museums 213-28. Grösse der Darstellung: 50x60cm. Grösse des Blattes: 54x64cm auf festem China. Das Blatt mit minimalen Stockflecken zwei kleinen Wurmlöchern. Leichte Knitterfalten am unteren Blattrand und in der rechten oberen Ecke. Gerahmt.
Signed lower right: Edv. Munch. Archive number of the Graphic Collection of the Munch Museum marked in pencil in the left lower corner 213-28. Image size: 50x60cm. Sheet size: 54x64cm on thick China. Minimal foxing on page and two small worm holes. Slight creasing on lower sheet margin and on right upper corner. Framed. From the Munchmuseum in Oslo. Sold by the museum to the present owner as a doublette. Inventory stamp of the museum on verso.

CHF 115 000 / 140 000 | (€ 118 560 / 144 330)

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Lot 3629* - A181 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 01 July 2017, 04.00 PM


(Løten/Norwegen 1863–1944 Ekely near Oslo)
Violin Concert. 1903.
Lithograph, 3rd state. Signed in pencil lower right: E Munch. Image 48 x 53.5 cm on parchment paper 54 x 58 cm. Printed by Lassally.

CHF 35 000 / 45 000 | (€ 36 080 / 46 390)

Sold for CHF 36 500 (including buyer’s premium)
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Lot 3611 - Z37 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 06 December 2014, 01.30 PM


(Løten/Norwegen 1863–1944 Ekely near Oslo)
Woods by Wiesbaden. 1921/22.
Lithografie. Aus einer Auflage von ca. 30. Unten rechts signiert: Edv. Munch. Darstellung 49,5 x 38 cm auf Vélin 67,6 x 50 cm. Gedruckt bei Nielsen. Es befindet sich eine Zeichnung zu diesem Motiv im Munch-museet, Norwegen.

CHF 1 200 / 1 600 | (€ 1 240 / 1 650)

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Lot 3603* - A201 Prints & Multiples - Thursday 30 June 2022, 02.00 PM


(Løten/Norway 1863–1944 Ekely near Oslo)
Theatre Programme: Peer Gynt. 1896.
Lithograph. From an unknown edition. Signed in the stone lower left: E Munch. Size 25.2 × 31.8 cm on grey wove paper. Printed by La Critique, Paris.

CHF 3 000 / 5 000 | (€ 3 090 / 5 150)

Sold for CHF 5 625 (including buyer’s premium)
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