Beaux Arts Special Edition / Edvard Munch. A Poem of Life, Love and Death - Musée d'Orsay
He had not had an exhibition for 10 years... The Musée d'Orsay is devoting a major retrospective to the painter of inner torments and existential anguish, of the vanity of love and the inescapable solitude of men.
Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was a bohemian actor from Christiana (now Oslo), a painting genius, a friend of August Strindberg, and a tireless traveller. He broke with naturalism very early on to explore a more symbolist path, after meeting Stéphane Mallarmé during a stay in Paris. His very first paintings are very much inspired by the Impressionists, Degas or Caillebotte, but also by Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Whistler or Redon. After having exhausted the path of expressionism, he painted until the end of his life in a more realistic vein, freed from his inner tensions.
He constantly took up themes and compositions in painting, engraving and lithography. He was undoubtedly part of the avant-garde, and photography played an important role in his work. He inspired many artists (Bacon, Warhol) and film-makers (Murnau, Bergman and Lars Von Trier). Beaux Arts Éditions looks back at his work, analyses each period and shows how he participated in modernity.
Exhibition at the musée d'Orsay, from 20 September 2022 to 22 January 2023
76 pages - Septembre 2022