Munch's experimentations with various media connect directly to the Symbolist ethos concerning the translation of mood - the various media embodied different emotional and psychological tones, each lending a different feeling to his image. By using various combinations of colours to express moods, each impression elicits different and personal emotional responses in each viewer. The Girls on the Bridge is a combination of techniques, each impression printed from one woodblock and up to four lithographic zinc plates. This impression is the first documented in this combination of colours. Munch continued to experiment with this particular combination of green, blue and red-orange in his 1918-20 lithograph of the same title (see Woll 629).
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 Åsgårdstrand from the same perspective as the composition of The Girls on the Bridge (although in reverse). 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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