Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch

The Loneliness of the Soul


Published to coincide with the major exhibition at the Royal Academy, an exploration of the impact of Edvard Munch’s art on Tracey Emin’s artistic approach


ISBN: 9788293560616 Category:

Kari J. Brandtzæg, Edith Delaney, Rudi Fuchs


Published to coincide with the major exhibition at the Royal Academy, London, November 2020 – February 2021

Tracey Emin (b. 1963) has long said that Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was the artist who had inspired her the most. In her formative years as an artist, it was the expressionism of Munch’s paintings and his uncompromising will to explore the complexity and vulnerability of the human condition that attracted her. This book sheds light on the impact of Munch’s art on Emin’s artistic approach and her expressive repertoire in paintings, sculptures, textiles and neons. It explores the themes of grief, longing and loneliness, especially related to the ageing process and childlessness. This highlights the similarity between the two artists, as well as the difference between a female and male approach to difficult subjects related to the darker side of human existence, which has changed dramatically from the 20th century until today.

Additional information

Weight 604 g
Dimensions 28.5 x 23.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 18 February 2021
Number of pages 144
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 28.5 x 23.1 cm
Weight 604 g


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Kari J. Brandtzæg has been a curator at the Munch Museum since 2015, and was previously a curator at Norway's National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and at KORO (Public Art Norway). Heidi Bale Amundsen (b. 1983) holds a PhD in art history from the University of Oslo. She is currently the Chair of the Norwegian Critics' Association and a writer for the art journal Kunstkritikk.