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Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed

Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed

Yale University Press

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This captivating book, now out-of-print, offers a fresh perspective on the extraordinary artworks of Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944) by examining them in the context of his fragile mental state. Following a nervous breakdown in 1908, Munch underwent electroshock therapy, which significantly influenced his artistic expression. The poignant Self-Portrait Between the Clock and the Bed, completed one year prior to his death, encapsulates the recurring themes of mortality, isolation, and anxiety that he tirelessly explored. This masterpiece serves as a perfect lens through which to contemplate Munch's entire body of work.

Informative essays delve into Munch's position in the art world, his use of self-portraiture as a medium for experimentation, and the psychological depth of his paintings. Additionally, a previously unpublished foreword by the celebrated Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard offers a fresh perspective on Munch's life and artistic contributions. Featuring over 40 masterpieces spanning Munch's career, accompanied by an illustrated chronology mapping the progression of his emotional state and its impact on his artistic output, this intimate and thought-provoking study delves into the enigmatic artist's remarkable legacy.

Edited by Gary Garrels, Jon-Ove Steihaug, and Sheena Wagstaff, and featuring essays by Patricia G. Berman, Allison Morehead, Richard Shiff, and Mille Stein, this book presents an engaging exploration of Munch's artistry and enduring impact.

Product Details

  • Product Type: Exhibition Catalog, Hardcover, with dust jacket
  • 152 pages, with 105 illustrations
  • Publication Date:
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10.0 × 8.0 × 1.0 inches
    (25.4 × 20.3 × 2.5 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 2.0 lb (32.0 oz; 907 g)
  • SKU010003088 | ISBN: 9781588396235

About Gary Garrels, Jon-Ove Steihaug, Sheena Wagstaff, and Karl Ove Knausgaard

Gary Garrels is Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Jon-Ove Steihaug is senior curator at the Munch Museum, Oslo. Sheena Wagstaff is Leonard A. Lauder Chairman in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Karl Ove Knausgaard is the author of the bestselling series of novels My Struggle.

About the Artist, Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch (1863–1944) was born in Løten, Norway, and studied design and art in Oslo. In May of 1885 he traveled to Paris on a scholarship, and after the deaths of his sister and father the following year, he began to spend most of his time in France. His painting first achieved fame with an 1892 exhibition in Berlin, which also led directly to his influence upon the German Expressionists. Despite struggles with alcohol and mental health, Munch lived to the age of 80.

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