Edvard Munch, tortured soul

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Christina’s World by Wyeth (see previous post) may not have been travel-worthy but Munch’s Little Mermaid, the triangular piece that the PMA just acquired and featured in a show over the winter travelled just fine to MoMA to appear in the Munch exhibition. It sits high on a wall and looks great.

The Munch exhibit is large and enlightening. The artist was a tortured soul who had at least one spell in a sanitorium. What I loved best were the prints and works on paper. It seemed to me that the artist got real in the smaller scale and with the more intimate processes, and so while he played out his familiar themes of love and loneliness, somehow the prints and drawing are fresh and have less grandstanding than the paintings.

The show’s up until May 8 and is definitely worth a visit.

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