This week’s competition prize is Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, by Garry Garrels, Jon-Ove Steihaug, and Sheena Wagstaff (eds.), with a preface by Karl Ove Knausgaard (The Metropolitan Museum of Art; £35). Click here for your chance to win.
This engaging book offers a fresh look at the exceptional works of Edvard Munch (1863–1944) by examining them in the light of his precarious mental state. Following a nervous breakdown in 1908, Munch underwent electroshock therapy, which prompted a marked change in his art work. The haunting Self-Portrait between the Clock and the Bed, finished one year before his death, represents a culmination of the themes of mortality, isolation, and anxiety that he explored repeatedly in his oeuvre.
Informative essays consider Munch’s position in the art world, his conception of self as a means of experimentation, and the psychological content of his paintings, while a previously unpublished foreword by the celebrated Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard offers a new perspective on Munch’s life and work. Featuring over 40 masterworks from throughout the painter’s career, and an illustrated chronology that traces the progression of his emotional state and its influence on the images he created, this is an intimate, provocative study of an enigmatic artist and his remarkable legacy.
For your chance to win simply answer the following question and submit your details here before midday on 15 September.
Q: The Munch Museum is in which city?
For our last competition prize we offered Gainsborough: A Portrait by James Hamilton (Weidenfeld & Nicolson; £25). The question was:
Q: Gainsborough was born in which English county?