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Edvard Munch: Color in Context
September 3, 2017 – January 28, 2018
West Building, Ground Floor - Gallery 22

Edvard Munch, Girl’s Head Against the Shore, 1899, color woodcut, Epstein Family Collection

In the second half of the 19th century, advances in physics, electromagnetic radiation theory, and the optical sciences provoked new thought about the physical as well as the spiritual world. Aspects of that thought are revealed in Edvard Munch: Color in Context, an exhibition of 21 prints that considers the choice, combinations, and meaning of color in light of spiritualist principles. Informed by both popular manuals that explained the science of color and theosophical writings on the visual and physical power of color, Edvard Munch (1863–1944) created works that are not just strikingly personal, but charged with specific associations.

The exhibition is curated by Jonathan Bober, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, department of prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Mollie Berger, curatorial assistant, department of prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Organization: The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

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LectureEdvard Munch: Spiritualism, Science, and Color
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Edvard Munch: Spiritualism, Science, and Color
Audio, Released: September 12, 2017, (65:28 minutes)
Press Event: Edvard Munch: Color in Context
Audio, Released: September 6, 2017, (35:46 minutes)