Munch directed his experimentation in his paintings and prints into his informal photographic practice. This print, along with Evening. Melancholy III are variations of the several painted motifs that Munch first created in 1891. Here Munch reverses the scene of the figure seated on the shore, posed in a rhetorical gesture of melancholy. Munch played out a similar process in his photography, in which he explored the dynamics of a negative printed in “forward” and “reverse” directions.