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Munch, Edvard
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Munch, Edvard
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Munch, Edvard
Autograph letter signed ("Edvard Munch"), in German, 1 page on bifolium (7 x 5 1/4 in; 177 x 133 mm), n. p., n. d., to an unidentified recipient; horizontal fold — Letter signed ("Edvard Munch"), in German, 1 page on Kornhaug Sanatorium letterhead (11 1/8 x 8 1/2 in.; 282 x 215 mm), Oslo, 1908–09, to Vittorio Pica, Naples;horizontal and vertical folds. Envelope.
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Description

Munch writes to Neapolitan critic Vittorio Pica from his Norwegian sanatorium.  In the fall of 1908, Munch entered the Kornhaug Sanatorium, when he was treated by Dr. Daniel Jacobson. The artist had been suffering from hallucinations and intense feelings of persecution, exacerbated by heavy drinking and public brawling. Dr. Jacobson prescribed a rest cure with a special diet and "electrification" treatments. Munch stayed eight months at Kornhaug and left with strict instructions from Dr. Jacobson to abstain from public drinking and to socialize only with good friends. In the months after his release he painted a number of outstanding portraits of his friends.

In this letter, Munch tells Sr. Pica that he has been ill, but hopes to be well enough to travel to Dresden and see the current exhibition of his work. He also gives Pica the Oslo address when he can be reached after he is released from hospital. This letter was dictated by Munch in the sanatorium and signed by him in red ink.

In the undated autograph letter, Munch thanks the unidentified recipient for sending an article with a photograph of Munch's etching Mondschein.

The letters are accompanied by a small envelope from the Elephant Apotheket, Oslo, most likely used to hold pills or powders, and with Munch's name in pencil on the verso.

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