Edvard Munch, ‘Self-Portrait with Hat I’, 1927, Christie's

Signed in pencil, a very good impression, the present variant printed in red particularly rare, with wide margins, the upper sheet edge folded, pale light-staining, generally in very good condition.
Image 202 x 185 mm., Sheet 492 x 335 mm.

From the Catalogue:
To our knowledge only one impression in red of this rare self-portrait has previously appeared at auction.

“…For months now I have been handling your works, in particular your graphic sheets, so that they have become an intrinsic part of me. During this time you have answered all my requests and you have been so generous and kind to me that I have been able to surround myself with some of your prints. They have become an important part of my being."
Heinrich Becker to Edvard Munch, in a letter dated 10-12-31 (Munchmuseet MM K 3690)
—Courtesy of Christie's

Woll 681

Dr. Heinrich Karl Wilhelm Becker (1881-1972), Bielefeld, acquired directly from the artist in 1931, for 50 kr. (according to a letter from Becker to Edvard Munch, dated 9 April 1931 [Munchmuseet MM K 3688]); then by descent to the present owners.

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