Nude by Wicker Chair, 1929
Oil on canvas
122.5 x 100 cm
Mary wrote on Jan 11, 2001:
The juxtaposition of the intense purples in her hair and the
paleness of her body with the surrounding, firey colors of the room suggest
that this painting was and is a symbol of Munch's relationships with women.
She is beautiful, but cold. Her face holds him, with its alluring warmness.
He can not help but fall into the confusions of this environment, which
pulled him in and began to gnaw. She will always be distant.
Munch. John Boulton Smith.