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Edvard Munch

Two Human Beings. The Lonely Ones

colour woodcut on Japan paper
1899
39,5 x 55,5 cm Darst. / 41,3 x 57,6 cm Blatt / 15 1/2 x 21 7
signed lower right

In 1891 Munch already created a painting on the theme “The Lonely“, its whereabouts are unknown. The human condition – and thus his own emotional world – is often expressed symbolically in Munch’s works. His relationships with women were always problematic and he never married. Thus it is not remarkable that, to illustrate the theme of loneliness, he depicted a man and a woman. The two are not looking at each other, each is engrossed in thought, although they are not alone, they are still lonely. However, Munch did not primarily seek to illustrate pain and suffering, but life in all its aspects. Munch saw his entire work as a “Frieze of Life“, as an expression of the most influential themes: love, jealousy, separation, loneliness, fear, and death. As early as 1889 he wrote in his “Manifest of St. Cloud“: “No more interiors with reading men and knitting women should be painted. Instead they should be living people who breathe, suffer, and love. I am going to paint a number of such pictures: one must understand the holiness in them, and people should take off their hats when they looking at them, as they do in church. “ Provenance available

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