An image of Two beings (The lonely ones)

Edvard Munch

(Norway 12 Dec 1863 – 23 Jan 1944)

Two beings (The lonely ones)

Location
Not on display
Further information

Munch’s artistically formative years took place in Paris in the late 1880s and Berlin in the 1890s. In Germany he began to make a name for himself and became involved with the Jugendstil publication Pan, which actively promoted the graphic arts. In 1895 the magazine’s co-founder, Julius Meier-Graefe, published a portfolio containing eight drypoints and etchings by Munch. The set included Two human beings (The lonely ones) (opposite, below). The mood of existential loneliness is rendered all the more poignant by the presence of a man and woman staring together out to sea at the rocky beach at Åsgårdstrand, yet physically and psychically separated from each other.

Year
1895
Media
Print
Medium
drypoint
Dimensions
15.7 x 21.7 cm platemark; 26.7 x 35.1 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r. sheet, pencil "Edvard Munch...". Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1957
Accession number
9415