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Edward Munch (Norwegian, 1863-1944) : Madonna (1895-1902)

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  1. If it is difficult to put Edward Munch in a historical context. He is one of the fathers of Expressionism
  2. Munch experimented with multiples techniques as drawing, painting with oil and watercolor, and lithography
  3. Suggesting that Madonna is injured, Munch introduces violence and death feeling in this work
  4. If we keep in mind Freud's influence on Expressionism, Madonna can also be seen as a reference to the links between Munch and his mother
  5. In fact, like in this painting, women are depicted as real femmes fatales in numerous of Munch's works
  6. Munch created a very personal style, but he highly influenced other painters

Madonna is one of Munch's most popular images. It is a mix between a controversial image linked to a controversial artist, and a transcendent representation of women through different aspects. These are reflected in the different titles that had the painting: Madonna, Conception, Loving Woman, Monna and Annunziata. The first exhibition of Munch's paintings in Berlin in 1892 triggered a scandal. He had been invited by a group of painters called the Berlin's artists union. It was the first time that he exhibited his works abroad. Deeply disturbed and shocked by the Munch's paintings, a majority of German artists who were extremely conservative in terms of style decided to close the exhibition in spite of the protest.

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