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PROPERTY FROM THE OLSEN COLLECTION

Edvard Munch
HEAD OF AN OLD WOMAN
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 84,000 GBP
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156

PROPERTY FROM THE OLSEN COLLECTION

Edvard Munch
HEAD OF AN OLD WOMAN
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 84,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper

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Edvard Munch
1863 - 1944
HEAD OF AN OLD WOMAN
signed Edv. Munch and dated 1883 (lower left)
charcoal and watercolour on paper
image size: 28 by 21.5cm., 11 by 8 1/2 in.
sheet size: 32.5 by 23.5cm., 12 3/4 by 8 1/2 in.
Executed in 1883.
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To be included in the Munch Catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Munch-museet, Oslo.

Provenance

Thomas Olsen
Thence by descent to the present owner

Exhibited

Oslo, Kunstnerforbundet, Munch bilder i privat eie (Munchbilder in Privatbesitz), 1958, no. 46
Kiel, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Edvard Munch. Gemälde und Zeichnungen aus einer norwegischen Privatsammlung, 1979, no. 1, illustrated in the catalogue

Catalogue Note

This is one of the earliest known works by the artist. As Sue Prideaux has noted, 'Early pictures such as Head of an Old Woman from 1883 are rare in private hands.  Aged twenty, Munch had not yet been to Paris to see the 'new art', Impressionism.  This tender, unsentimental picture of age demonstrates the reverence for Rembrandt that was never to leave Munch, as well as the psychological insight that would mark his lifelong ambition to portray the inner truth of the individual, what he called 'The Secret Life of the Soul".

Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper

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