"Just as Leonardo da Vinci studied the recesses of the human body and dissected cadavers, I try to dissect souls" said Edvard Munch (1863-1944), Norway's greatest artist and tortured genius. In this ground-breaking new study Munch's own soul is laid bare through the first English translation and analysis of diaries, literary sketches, and letters, ...
"Just as Leonardo da Vinci studied the recesses of the human body and dissected cadavers, I try to dissect souls" said Edvard Munch (1863-1944), Norway's greatest artist and tortured genius. In this ground-breaking new study Munch's own soul is laid bare through the first English translation and analysis of diaries, literary sketches, and letters, presented together with his most important artistic works. Preserved in the archives of the Munch Museum in Oslo, to which they were presented by the artist himself, Munch's writings give a unique insight into one of the most fascinating artistic minds of the twentieth century. Munch was as influenced by the literary and philosophical context of turn-of-the-century Europe as he was by his artistic milieu, and by his own admission, several of his major works began as literary sketches. Beautifully illustrated with drawings, paintings, and Munch's own photography, this book presents an intimate portrait of the artist's life -- the early death of his mother, his childhood illnesses, his tragic love affair -- through his own philosophical and literary pieces. Interweaving Munch's artistic and literary experiences, these texts provide a commentary on his works and personal philosophy, on the works of his contemporaries (Van Gogh among others), and on the sensibilities of his friends and family. Expertly contextualised by Poul Erik Tojner Munch: In His Own Words brings the world of the artist vividly to life.
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Near Fine Condition. No Dust Jacket. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 224 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Illustrated stiff wraps with end flaps, 100 full-color old stray shins, Biography. "Beautifully illustrated with drawings, paintings, and contemporary photography, this book presents an intimate portrait of the artist's life through his own philosophical and literary representation of it. Interweaving it Munch's artistic and literary experiences these texts provided commentary on the artist's works, on his own personal philosophy, on the work of contemporaries, and on the sensibilities of his friends and family." Quantity Available: 1. Category: Art & Design; Autobiography; Biography & Autobiography. ISBN: 3791328832. Inventory No: 007430.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-04-09 Director of the well-known Louisiana Museum of Modern Art outside Copenhagen, Danish art and architecture critic Tojner (Knud Holscher: Architect and Industrial Designer) has assembled a selection of texts by Norwegian modernist Edvard Munch (1863-1944), whose most famous work is The Scream. Visually, the book is up to Prestel's usual standard, with images of Munch's tortured men and women coming through sharply and clearly. But while chapters like "Munch and His Own Words," "The Nature of Art, and that of the Artist," and "Munch and Other People" have helpful short prefaces by Tojner, they present insurmountable problems that should make any librarian or art fan think twice. The translators, barely credited in minuscule print on the copyright page, make an impossible hash of the text: "Tulla Larsen and Munch travel round Europe together or on each other's tail" is just one example of poor idiom control. The meaning of Tojner pronouncements like "When Munch paints houses, they have faces; when he paints people, their bodies are tattooed with points of contact with the surrounding world" seems hopelessly obscure. And there are clumsy and facile paradoxes that seem at least partly the author's doing, as when Munch is characterized as painting his subjects "at exactly the right moment, capturing a kind of taciturn eloquence." Munch was an ill-tempered misanthrope whose writings are unlikely to attract the kind of sympathy inspired by Van Gogh's letters, but when the ever-anguished artist is allowed to speak for himself, the results can have a certain nasty, brusque horse sense, such as this discussion with a country neighbor: " `Why don't you paint small paintings that can be sold, like everybody else,' asks my milkman. Look after your cows, I said. You know something about that." (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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