Edvard Munch, ‘Melankoli.  Laura II (Melancholy)’, 1930, John Szoke

Lithograph printed in black ink on medium-weight cream wove paper
Inscribed “et av 10 første tryk” by the artist in pencil, lower right
Inscribed “Melankolie (von den ersten 10 Drucken)” by the artist in pencil, lower left
Probably printed by Anton Peter Nielsen, Kristiania
Image: 19 x 21 inches
Sheet: 23 1/4 x 27 inches
Framed: 27 3/8 x 31 inches

Signature: Signed and dated “Edv Munch 1930” by the artist in pencil, lower right

(Woll 711.I)

About Edvard Munch

A recognized forerunner of Expressionism, Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch is renowned for his representations of emotion. Associated with the international development of Symbolism, Munch experimented with many different themes, palettes, and styles of drawing. Though stylistically influenced by Paul Gauguin and the Nabis, Munch’s subjects are drawn from his Scandinavian roots and his own tortured psyche. His most famous painting, The Scream (1893), illustrates a tormented cry translated into waves of color that resonate across the landscape. Though based on Munch’s own experience, The Scream has become an instantly recognizable symbol of anxiety and alienation. Often reworking his paintings into etchings and lithographs, Munch was also one of the major graphic artists of the 20th century—he took an experimental approach to printmaking and contributed to the revival of the woodcut.

Norwegian, 1863-1944, Løten, Norway, based in Oslo, Norway