The curator is indebted to and has quoted from the following scholarly sources: Buchhart, Dieter, et. al., Edvard Munch: Signs of Modern Art, (exhibition catalogue), Fondation Beyeler, Basel, 2007; Chang, Alison W., Negotiating Modernity: Edvard Munch’s Late Figural Work, 1900-1925, unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Pennsylvania, 2010; Eggum, Arne, Munch and Photography. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987; Frizot, Michel, “L’âme, au fond: L’activité photographique de Munch et Stringberg,” in Lumière du monde, Lumière du ciel, Visions du Nord, (exhibition catalogue), Musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1998; Holt, Cecilia Tyri, Edvard Munch Fotografier, Forlaget Press, 2013; Kermabon, Jacques, et. al., Pathé: Premier empire du cinéma (exhibition catalogue), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1994; Lampe, Angela and Clément Chéroux, et. al., Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye, (exhibition catalogue), Tate, London, 2007; Woll, Gerd, Edvard Munch: Complete Graphic Works, Oslo: Orfeus Publishing AS, 2012.
Munch took up photography in 1902, the same year that this picture was taken. There are three preserved versions of the motif, with subtle variations. Munch sent two of the images to his aunt Karen in Norway with the description: “Here are two photographs taken with a little camera I procured. You can see that I have just shaved off my mustache.”
WHEN IS A PICTURE REALLY FINISHED?
Did you know that Munch used to draw on his own photographs? Join us in turning his pictures into new motifs. Take a screenshot and draw on the picture. Share the result on Instagram by using the hastag #munchphoto