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Edvard Munch
1863 - 1944
NORWEGIAN
GARDEN WITH RED HOUSE
signed and dated E. Munch 82 lower right
oil on board
23 by 30.5cm., 9 by 12in.
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Provenance

Sverre Bryde, Oslo (by 1951)
Blomqvist Kunsthandel, Oslo
Berit Solberg (between 1972-81)
Sale: Sotheby's, London, 2 April 1981, lot 338
Stanley J. Seeger (purchased at the above sale); (sale: Sotheby's, London, 27 June 2007, lot 363)
Acquired by the present owner in Oslo circa 2007

Exhibited

Oslo, Kunstnernes Hus, Edvard Munch Utstilling: Malerier Akvareller, Grafikk, 1951, no. 21
Künzelsau, Kunsthalle Würth, Sammlung Würth, 2007 
Oslo, Munch Museum, Munch blir Munch, 2009
Paris, Pinacothèque, Edvard Munch ou 'l'Anti-Cri', 2010
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, Edvard Munch, 2010-2011

Literature

Gerd Woll, Edvard Munch: Complete Paintings, 2008, vol. I, p. 86, no. 61, catalogued & illustrated

Catalogue Note

Painted in the summer of 1882, when the artist was visiting his friend Bjarne Falk at Hedmark, the present work is the most strikingly colourful of a series of work depicting the garden of a house in Hedmark.

In his diary entry of 8 November 1880, Munch had vowed to leave the Technical School in Kristiania (now Oslo) at which he had been studying, and become an artist. His plans initially met with some disapproval, not least from his father Christian who compared the life of an artist to living in a brothel. Early on Munch showed a distaste for the art of the past, commenting on the slick, highly finished academic paintings and radically declaring 'there must be no more pictures covered in brown sauce'.

As well as Munch's delight in employing a strong colouristic palette in the present work, the abandoned desk and old school bench in the undergrowth in the foreground express his equal pleasure in leaving his studies behind him, and reflect the sense of liberation he felt as a young painter forging his career.

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