The Sun, 1910–11 – Edvard Munch (1883-1944)

“The sun has been roasting hot all day, and we let it roast [us]. Munch has done a bit of work on a swimming painting, but for most of the day we were lying around, overwhelmed by the sun, in deep sand dunes right down by the edge of the fjord, between the big boulders, and letting our bodies drink up all the sun they could bear. No one is bothered about swimming costumes here, the gentle gusts of a warm July wind are the only fabric between us the sun.”

This is how Christian Gierløff, a close friend of Edvard Munch, described some scorching summer days he shared with the artist in 1904. One can almost feeling the live-giving force of the sunbeams on one’s body when reading his words. One may have a similar experience when encountering Munch’s monumental masterpiece The Sun, which depicts a glowing sunrise over the rocky archipelago off Kragerø.

As depicted by Munch, the sun can be understood as a symbol of the eternal and universal, while at the same time its brightly colored beams remind us of what was then ground-breaking scientific research into x-rays, magnetism and the Northern Lights.

WE&P by: EZorrillaMc.

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