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Lithograph - Madonna

Madonna

  • Object:

    Lithograph

  • Place of origin:

    Norway (made)
    Berlin (printed)

  • Date:

    1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Munch, Edvard, born 1863 - died 1944 (artist)
    Lassally (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph

  • Museum number:

    E.582-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 93, box L

This image expresses Munch's ambivalent attitude to women, whom he saw as seductive and powerful, but dangerous and deathly. Here the woman embodies the virgin/whore duality; she is simultaneously a haloed Madonna, but flaunts a sensual provocative nakedness emphasised by her luxuriant hair. A foetus crouching in the bottom left corner symbolises the woman as fertile mother, and the image is framed with representations of sperm, but this is a vision of a predatory feminity rather than a nurturing motherhood. For Munch sex and death were fused in the bodies of women.

Physical description

Lithograph

Place of Origin

Norway (made)
Berlin (printed)

Date

1895 (made)

Artist/maker

Munch, Edvard, born 1863 - died 1944 (artist)
Lassally (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph

Dimensions

Height: 67.5 cm, Width: 50 cm

Descriptive line

Lithograph Madonna by Edvard Munch, Norwegian, 1895

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Greenhalgh, Paul (Ed.), Art Nouveau: 1890-1914 . London: V&A Publications, 2000

Materials

Lithographic ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Woman; Foetus

Categories

Prints; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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