Edvard Munch

1863-1944

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Status, estimation and price of the artist Edvard Munch

Price of a painting: 18,000 – 44,000,000 €.

Estimate of a drawing: 2,500 – 131,700 €.

Estimation of a print: 551 – 270,000 €.

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Childhood and studies

Edvard Munch was a Norwegian expressionist painter and engraver. He was born on 12 December 1863 in Loten and died at the age of 80 on 23 January 1944 in Oslo. He is considered to be the leader of Expressionism in modern painting.

As a child, Edvard Munch lived in fragile health, and from the age of 16 knew that he would become a painter. His father did not agree, so the future painter studied engineering while continuing to paint in his free time. He studied at a technical school for 2 years before devoting himself entirely to art. He divided his time between a group of students and drawing courses at the Royal School of Design and in 1985 Edvard Munch entered the Royal School of Design. In 1902, he participated in the Secession exhibition in Berlin, but also in Prague, where he inspired Czech artists. The director Max Reinhardt asked Edvard Munch to design the sets for his play Les Revenants in 1906. In 1908, after yet another love break-up, Edvard Munch was interned in Copenhagen because of his alcohol and drug consumption. At the end of that same year he received the title of Knight of the Order of St. Olaf and prepared a major exhibition with over a hundred paintings for Kristina. In 1912, an entire room was reserved for the painter at the Sonderbund Exhibition in Cologne.

End of career and swastika

Between 1914 and 1926, Edvard Munch perfected his art until 1927 when he tried his hand at his first short films. From 1930 onwards, Edvard Munch had problems with his eyes, haemorrhaging from the glass, and he had a different perception of the body, which he depicted in a few paintings.

Edvard Munch saw all his paintings, nearly 80 of them, removed from German museums, as the Nazis considered his art “degenerate” from 1937 until the beginning of the 1940s. The Norwegian painter was wounded by this situation, as he loved Germany deeply. Moreover, he was against Nazism, and was an antifascist at heart. However, in 1944, his funeral was organised with great pomp by the Norwegian Nazi authorities, under the flags of the swastika.

Edvard Munch bequeathed, among other things, a thousand paintings and six sculptures to Oslo City Hall after the German invasion, as well as his properties and land.

The Scream by Edvard Munch sold for $119,922,500 at Sotheby’s in New York in May 2012.

Recognising Edvard Munch’s signature

Like many artists, Edvard Munch did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of a signature in order to give you a first idea. Variations of this signature exist: do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to authenticate a signature in a formal way.

Appraising and selling a painting by Edvard Munch

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