MADONNA

EDVARD MUNCH
“MADONNA”
1894
OIL ON CANVAS
68,5 x 90 CM
EDVARD MUNCH MUSEUM, OSLO

edvard-munch-madonna-1894

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This is one of my favourite little painterly controversies.  At first glance you think you’re looking at Virgin Mary, but in fact it’s Munch’s portrait of his petite amie Dagny Przybyszewska. Isn’t it deeply sensual and slightly erotic? That red halo embedding her head ads a little vulgarity to the overall impression, I think. Many people have been deceived by the title and thought that this was Munch’s interpretation of the Virgin Mary, but as an atheist, Munch was not affiliated with christianity at all. I’m sure no insult was intended. By the way, he made five different version of the painting, which proves he was quite obsessed with the subject.

 

Edvard Munch - Madonna 1895

 

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Munch’s Madonna from 1895 hanging in Kunsthalle Hamburg.

Edvard Munch - Madonna

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Another version from 1984/85 which you can see in the National Gallery in Oslo.

Edvard munch - Madonna woodcut

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Munch produced this lithograph and woodcut of Madonna between 1895 and 1902.