Madonna, by Edvard Munch. 🎨 As controversial as this7/24/2021, 12:38:28 PM
Madonna, by Edvard Munch. 🎨 As controversial as this mysterious image was when first revealed to the public in 1893, it still continues to startle and be studied as both a tribute to the female form as well as a symbolic form of her sexual, destructive nature. The title references the Renaissance representations of Virgin Mary, and is represented as such in pose, but in an Expressionist context that gives the figure a completely new significance. 🧑🎨 Edvard Munch, (Norwegian, 1863-1944) was an Expressionist painter, a pioneer in many of the themes of the movement He immortalized in his artworks the modern man and all his anguish and fear of death, existential suffering and loneliness often in juxtaposition with women. Death was indeed present in Munch’s life since early childhood, and grew up beside a strict, religious father. He was set to become an engineer, but soon strayed towards an artistic training, inspired by Gauguin’s symbolism. Munch’s own deeply original style crystallized about 1892. The flowing, tortuous use of line in his new paintings was similar to that of contemporary Art Nouveau, but Munch used line not as decoration but as a vehicle for profound psychological revelation. His production was very celebrated during his lifetime, distinctive for the complete lack of naturalism and distance from the old-fashioned conventionalisms of Norwegian painters. In fact, he earned his fame mostly in Germany, and also lived in Paris for a couple of years before settling back in Norway in 1910. Munch ended his life in loneliness, alcoholism and confined in a mental health hospital. His masterpiece “The Scream” is one of the most stolen pieces of art of all times. 📐Height: 91 cm (35.8 in). Width: 70.5 cm (27.7 in). Oil on canvas, 1895. 🏛National Gallery of Oslo. What do you think about this? Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!