Consolation or Trost, 1894
Schiefler 6; Woll 6v/vi. Etching with drypoint and aquatint on wove paper, wide margins.
8 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches | 21 x 31.1 cm
– Kunsthalle Hamburg, deaccessioned in 1950
– Delphic Arts, New York
– Patricia and William Bates, New Mexico, acquired from above in 1966
A rich impression printed in brown ink on a large sheet, in fine condition.
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Munch added additional drypoint in this state, primarily in the looming shadow and over the woman’s thighs, and a small number of hand-wiped impressions were printed in this state. In the deepening of the dark and oppressive shadow, Munch heightened the sense of melancholy. The swirling hair around the woman’s body adds to the sexual undertones. It was a subject that intrigued him over the years, and he used this same couple in several drawings and a similar painting of 1907. Munch goes far beyond a literal reproduction of the real world and Consolation is an iconic subject for the artist.