Thursday, March 24, 2016

Munch and Expressionism


"I was walking along the road with two friends
The Sun was setting – the Sky turned blood-red. 
And I felt a wave of Sadness – I paused 
tired to Death – Above the blue-black 
Fjord and City Blood and Flaming tongues hovered 

My friends walked on – I stayed 
 behind – quaking with Angst – I 
felt the great Scream in Nature" EM

"Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was highly regarded for his exploration of dark themes, including alienation, sin, and human vulnerability. Munch’s use of vivid color intensifies the emotional power of his subject matter, an approach which helped to pave the way for an entirely new attitude towards art during the early twentieth century. Although much has been written about the relationship between Munch’s personal life and his art, this exhibition is the first thorough study of the artist’s work in the context of his German and Austrian peers."

"The exhibition will be comprised of approximately 35 paintings and 50 works on paper from both public and private collections worldwide. The German artists included in the exhibition are Max Beckmann, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabriele Münter, and Emile Nolde, and the Austrians included are Richard Gerstl, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele. The curator will compare all of these artists’ approaches to key themes such as adolescence, urban anxiety, and self-portraiture, and to innovative developments in printmaking during this time. The exhibition will include several works that have never before been seen in the United States."

at the Neue Galerie

in the NYPost

from 2010:

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