Edvard Munch is renowned for his haunting portrayals of love, alienation, jealousy, and death—universal human experiences that he filtered through events in his own life. By manipulating color, line, texture, and pictorial details, he reworked these images in multiple print variations, continually renewing their power to express his artistic goals.
In this fascinating exhibition, the National Gallery of Art brings together nearly 60 of Munch's most important prints to show how his persistent experimentation and virtuosic handling of woodcut, lithography, and intaglio endowed different impressions of his primary motifs with new meanings. Exploring these transformations in several series of Munch's prints, selected not only from its own superb holdings but also from two exceptional private collections, the curators of this exhibition offer a richer and more nuanced appreciation for this great Norwegian master.
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