Sale: 424 / Modern Art, June 11./13. 2015 in Munich Lot 201

 
201
Edvard Munch
Kopf bei Kopf (Mann und Weib sich küssend), 1905.
Woodcut in colors
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 44,000
Sold:
€ 65,000 / $ 71.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Kopf bei Kopf (Mann und Weib sich küssend). 1905.
Woodcut in colors.
Schiefler 230. Woll 268e (of e). Signed. On light creme wove paper. 39.8 x 53.7 cm (15.6 x 21.1 in). Sheet: 48,5 x 63,5 cm (19,2 x 25 in ).
Printed in a greenish blue-back and red-rust, from the hand-dyed printing block.
One of the most captivating motifs in the artist's graphic creation.

EXHIBITION: Edvard Munch. Master Printmaker, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, 29 January - 25 March, 1984, cat. no. 48, with exhibition label on rear of frame.

Essay
After the outbreak of World War I in 1914 Edvard Munch took his printing blocks with him to Norway. Our print presumably originates from these days. He differs from earlier versions as far as the coloring of the woman's head is concerned, as well as the hair, which now goes all the way down to the lower margin of the image. As it was the case with many of his works, Edvard Munch picked the conflictual relationship between man and woman as central theme of this woodcut. Even if he does not address the issue openly, the illustration still suggests that Munch doubts the harmonious relation of man and woman. Like no other visual artist in these days he was able to demonstrate a strange mixture of feelings of passion and rejection, shaping his generation's idea of man with the individual becoming more and more independent. Edvard Munch's people are children of a society that is at its own brink, acting in a world between reality and an unfulfilled longing, on a quest for the meaning of life.
201
Edvard Munch
Kopf bei Kopf (Mann und Weib sich küssend), 1905.
Woodcut in colors
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 44,000
Sold:
€ 65,000 / $ 71.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)