Sale: 484 / Art of the 19th Century, May 24. 2019 in Munich Lot 51

 
51
Edvard Munch
Badende Kvinner (Badende Frauen), 1895.
Drypoint
Estimate:
€ 15,000 / $ 16,500
Sold:
€ 13,750 / $ 15.125

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Badende Kvinner (Badende Frauen). 1895.
Drypoint and aquatint.
Woll 18V (of XV). Schiefler 14b/III (of b/III). Signed and with the printer's signature and his inscription "Badende Weiber". From an edition of unknown print run. On light creme board. 22.1 x 32.1 cm (8.7 x 12.6 in). Sheet: 43,7 x 59,7 cm ( 17,2 x 23,5 in).
Printed by Otto Felsing, Berlin.

We are grateful to Mr Magne Bruteig, former head curator for prints and drawings at Munch Museum, Oslo, for his kind expert advice.

PROVENANCE: Private collection Southern Germany.

Essay
Our work is also particularly captivating for the reduced formal language with simple lines and surfaces, in which Munch depicts the classic theme of bathers. Two female nudes stand on a coast - one wringing out her hair, the other with a white cloth covering her private parts. We see a third figure as rear nude swimming in the water. In this work Munch created more than just a representation of a summer idyll, as it is often the case with works of this theme. It is not least for the specific make that we find aspects all in line with the then zeitgeist, such as the portrayal of awoman as a great seductress - in the sense of a "Susanna in the Bath" - as well as the relationship between man and nature. The bath as a connection with nature and a sensual experience acts here as a symbol of man’s quest for meaning in the world.
51
Edvard Munch
Badende Kvinner (Badende Frauen), 1895.
Drypoint
Estimate:
€ 15,000 / $ 16,500
Sold:
€ 13,750 / $ 15.125

(incl. 25% surcharge)