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Edvard Munch
1863 - 1944
THE GIRLS ON THE BRIDGE (WOLL 628)
Woodcut printed in blue, red, orange and yellow, the third (final) state, 1918, signed in pencil, printed by Nielsen, on cream wove paper
Image: 492 by 427mm; 19 3/8 by 16¾in
Sheet: 623 by 526mm; 24½ by 20 3/4 in
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Catalogue Note

The motif of Edvard Munch's Girls on the Bridge has been widely recognised as one of his most celebrated and popular. As was often the case with the artist's successful works, he continued to revisit the composition throughout his career, producing a total of twelve known oil paintings between 1901 and 1935, as well as the woodcut offered here and a number of variations in lithograph, etching and another woodcut. 
The influence of Munch's pictorial motifs can be seen in the views depicted on Norwegian postcards issued at the time. The postcard from Munch to Gustav Schiefler, illustrated below, shows a pier in Asgårdstrand, reflecting the same composition as Girls on the Bridge. The perspective of the pier is similar to the woodcut, although Munch adds three young girls leaning over the rail as the main focus of the work. This postcard was published after the artist's pictures were internationally known, showing how his motifs were integrated into popular culture.

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