Edvard Munch

Magic of the North



ISBN: 9783777442181 Category:


Munch’s pictorial worlds – the initial impetus for modernism

Edvard Munch’s radical modernity in painting was a challenge for his contemporaries. This applied in particular to the art scene in Berlin around 1900 which the Norwegian Symbolist artist influenced profoundly. In return, he received support there and was able to continue to develop his work. The publication is lavishly illustrated and describes knowledgeably the story of Munch and Berlin.

In 1892 the Association of Berlin Artists invited the still-unknown Edvard Munch (1863-1944) to an exhibition. The public was shocked by the colourful, sketch-like pictures. The artist enjoyed the furore and moved to the city on the Spree, where he repeatedly sojourned until 1908. Here he learned the techniques for printed graphics and presented for the first time paintings in several continuous series which would become central to his oeuvre. In Berlin, before long, the concept of the “Magic of the North” (Stefan Zweig) was no longer associated with romantic or naturalistic fjord landscapes, but with Munch’s psychologically concentrated pictorial worlds.

Additional information

Weight 1456 g
Dimensions 28.6 x 22.4 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 16 April 2024
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Thomas Köhler and Stefanie Heckmann
Dimensions 28.6 x 22.4 cm
Weight 1456 g


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Edvard Munch”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Thomas Köhler has been the director of the Berlinische Galerie, the State Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture in Berlin since 2010.

Stefanie Heckmann has been the head of the fine art collection at the Berlinische Galerie since 2014 and is the curator of the exhibition.