about Edvard Munch
paints - that is to say - he looks at things in a different way
from other artist. He sees only the essence and, consequently,
paints only that. That is why Munch's pictures as a rule are unfinished,
as people have taken such delight in saying. Oh yes! They are
finished. Finished from his hand. Art is finished when the artist
has said all that he really has to say, and this is the advantage
Munch has over his generations of painters, he has the unique
ability to show us how he felt and what gripped him, making everything
else seem unimportant."
Krohg, Dagbladet (newspaper)
some time he has wanted to paint the memories of a sunset. Red
as blood. No, it really was coagulated blood. But no one would
see it the same way. Anyone else would think of clouds. Talking
about it made him feel sad and uneasy. Sad because the humble
means available to art were never enough. He is striving
for the impossible and his own despair is his faith, I thought;
but I advised him to paint it. - And he painted this curious Scream."
- Christian Skredsvig, Munch's friend
does not paint the image of nature itself but the image his memory,
not scenery directly and at first hand, as it stands there in
the outer world, but its subjective likeness, which for longer
or shorter periods of time is etched and burnt into his retina
and into his soul and constantly springs out of the darkness in
garnish colours under his eyelids as soon as he shuts his eyes."
- Ola Hansson, Swedish critic
writes poetry with color. He has taught himself to see the full
potential of color in art
His use of color is above all
lyrical. He feels color and he reveals his feelings through colors;
he does not see them in isolation. He does not just see yellow,
red and blue and violet; he sees sorrow and screaming and melancholy
poets and painters are seldom understood at first, seldom honoured.
They can be glad if they are not shown the door and politely thrown
out, like Mr. Munch..."
Leistikow, "Die freihe Bühne" (German magazine)
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