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Edvard Munch: Master Prints
July 31 – November 28, 2010
East Building Mezzanine

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: Edvard Munch is renowned for his haunting portrayals of love, alienation, jealousy, and death—universal human experiences that he filtered through events in his own life. By manipulating color, line, texture, and pictorial details, he reworked these images in multiple print variations, continually renewing their power to express his artistic goals.

In this fascinating exhibition, the National Gallery of Art brings together nearly 60 of Munch's most important prints to show how his persistent experimentation and virtuosic handling of woodcut, lithography, and intaglio endowed different impressions of his primary motifs with new meanings. Exploring these transformations in several series of Munch's prints, selected not only from its own superb holdings but also from two exceptional private collections, the curators of this exhibition offer a richer and more nuanced appreciation for this great Norwegian master.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: The National Gallery of Art Gallery expresses its appreciation to the Epstein Family and to Catherine Woodard and Nelson Blitz Jr. for their generous loans and support, which have made possible this exhibition.

Image: Edvard Munch, The Vampire (Vampyr), 1895, color lithograph and woodcut with watercolor [trial proof], Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund and Gift of Lionel C. Epstein, 1972.21.1

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Audio and Video

Edvard Munch: Understanding His Master Prints
Audio, Released: October 26, 2010, (59:36 minutes)
Edvard Munch: Master Prints
Audio, Released: August 3, 2010, (10:50 minutes)
Press Event: Edvard Munch: Master Prints
Audio, Released: July 20, 2010, (1:28:00 minutes)