31 October 2012

happy halloween

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01. De ensomme (The Lonely Ones), 1899. 
02. Kvinnen II (The Woman II), 1895.
03. Tiltrekning I (Attraction I), 1896.
04. Sommernatt. Stemmen (Summer Night. The Voice), 1894–95.
05. Vampire II, 1895–1902.
06. Ashes II (After the Fall), 1899.
07. Kyss IV, 1897-1902.
08. Anxiety, 1896.
09. Madonna, 1895–1902.


These haunting prints, lithographs, and woodcuts by Edvard Munch seem to me to embody the mood of the season...smoke spiraling up to faraway stars, impenetrable shadows, fear of encroaching darkness and cold, questions of mortality, webs of intrigue, shivers of warm pleasure rebelling against the chill night. The simple spooky titles of the works only add to their evocative mystery. (And is it just me, or is the first piece reminiscent of Poe?)

As the North Carolina Museum of Art website puts it, "After a century the prints have lost none of their raw power to move us. They provoke questions—about life, death, love, sex, what it means to be human—questions that can never be answered but are still worth asking."


All images courtesy of the NCMA's Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print exhibit, which is drawn from the MoMA's collections. If you're in Raleigh and you're able to go see this exhibit - I'm jealous! It's there through February 2013.

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