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Edvard Munch: Color in Context

National Gallery of Art, Washington

3 Sep 2017 - 28 Jan 2018

In the late 19th century, advances in physics, electromagnetic radiation theory, and optics provoked new thought about the physical and spiritual worlds. Aspects of that thought are revealed in this exhibition of 21 prints that consider the meaning of colour in light of spiritualist principles. Informed by popular manuals that explained the science of colour and by theosophical writings on its visual and physical power, Munch created works that are not just strikingly personal but also are charged with specific associations. The majority of the prints in the exhibition come from the Epstein Family Collection, the largest and finest collection of the artist’s graphic work outside of his native Norway. Find out more about the Edvard Munch exhibition from the National Gallery of Art’s website.

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Girl's Head Against the Shore (1899), Edvard Munch. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

Girl’s Head Against the Shore (1899), Edvard Munch. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

Man's Head in Woman's Hair (Mannerkopf in Frauenharr) (1896), Edvard Munch. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

Man’s Head in Woman’s Hair (Mannerkopf in Frauenharr) (1896), Edvard Munch. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

The Kiss in the Field (1943), Edvard Munch. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

The Kiss in the Field (1943), Edvard Munch. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

Madonna (1895, printed 1913/14), Edvard Munch. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

Madonna (1895, printed 1913/14), Edvard Munch. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

Old Man Praying (1902), Edvard Munch. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

Old Man Praying (1902), Edvard Munch. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

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