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  • Edvard Munch
    Dec 12, 1863 - Jan 23, 1944
  • The Sun 1910-1913 - Edvard Munch was a Norwegian Symbolist painter, printmaker and an important forerunner of expressionistic art. His best-known composition, The Scream, is part of a series The Frieze of Life, in which Munch explored the themes of life, love, fear, death, and melancholia. His work often included the symbolic portrayal of such themes as misery, sickness, and death.
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  • 1910-1913
    Oil on canvas
    162 cm (63.78 in.) x 205 cm (80.71 in.)
    Munch-museet, Oslo, Norway.

    This vision of the sun may seem both very close and remote, aloof yet deeply personal, welcoming and intimidating. One thing is certain: the dominance of the star in this mythical landscape is overwhelming, and it will affect the viewer in one of these ways or another.

    As was often his custom, Edvard Munch created several versions of the piece, all derived from a similar premise; he varied the colors, sometimes dramatically, to run a gamut of effects. Often psychological, here these effects can also assume the straightforward meaning of a landscape changing during the time of day.

    It is a violent image - the rays cut and slice through space - and there is something menacing in how they cover and occupy the surface. It’s as if they try, like a spider’s web, to catch anyone trying to study them.

    Lines play an important compositional and conceptual part: piercing and deep, they run through the entire canvas as if trying to break out and continue beyond it, generating an effect of pulsating speed - the speed of light - that overpowers the observer. The web of rays clashes with the calm instilled by the rocks and the beach, while the fitting scoop-like shape of the shore barely contains it.

    Two interrelated compositional levels emerge: the first taking shape above the center of the painting, mostly in yellow and white, formed by the circle of the sun and the yellow radial grid, and the second consisting of the outside landscape, which absorbs all the colors of the rainbow.

    It seems that the former bright epicenter produces the most visual energy (not unlike in an atomic explosion), whereas the rest of the piece works to dissipate and contain it. This is a classic hot versus cold palette juxtaposition put to a compositional (and psychological) effect.

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Edvard Munch1863-1944. The Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is regarded as a pioneer in the Expressionist movement in modern painting. At an early stage Munch was recognized in Germany and central Europe as one of the creators of a new epoch. His star is still on the ascendant in the other European countries, and in the rest of the world. Munch's art from the 1890s is the most well known, but his later work is steadily attracting greater attention, and it appears to inspire present-day artists in particular. Often called the father of Expressionism, the Norwegian painter suffered as a child with illness, loss, and psychological terror, emotions that characterize many early images. He chose painting as his life's work at a young age and traveled throughout Europe, especially to Paris, where he absorbed the influences of Impressionism, then Post-Impressionism, and Art Nouveau design. While in Berlin, he joined a circle of writers and artists that included playwrights Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, who became friends and collaborators. Just as his Scandinavian colleagues, Munch unflinchingly brought the darker side of the human experience to his art.