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    Sale 1901

    Impressionist And Modern Art Day Sale

    7 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 351

    Edvard Munch (1863-1944)

    Vue de la Seine à Saint-Cloud

    Price Realised  

    Edvard Munch (1863-1944)
    Vue de la Seine à Saint-Cloud
    signed 'E. Munch' (lower right)
    oil on board
    8 x 13 1/8 in. (20.3 x 33.3 cm.)
    Painted in 1890


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    Gerd Woll and Ingebjorg Gunnarson of the Munch-Museet have confirmed the authenticity of this painting.

    Munch arrived in Paris in October 1889 and enrolled as a student of the celebrated painter Léon Bonnat. His stay in Paris granted him exposure to a wide range of painting styles, from exhibitions of Camille Pissarro and Claude Monet at Galerie Durand-Ruel and Galerie Georges Petit, to the more radical painters exhibiting at the the Salon des Indépendants. In an effort to escape an outbreak of cholera in 1890 and mourning the recent passing of his father, Munch moved from Paris to the suburb of Saint-Cloud on the Seine, renting a small room above a café. Confined to his room and in a state of deep depression, Munch painted melancholy landscapes such as the present work, suffused with soft light. The lone figure on the riverbank may represent Munch himself, emphasizing the artist's feelings of intense loneliness during this dark time.

    Provenance

    Harald Horst Halvorsen, Oslo (1951).
    Oscar Johannessen (by mid-1950s).
    A. Frederik Klaveness (1982).
    Nini Scott, Connecticut.
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 3 December 1986, lot 191.
    Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 26 June 1990, lot 222.
    Acquired at the above sale by the late owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this work has been requested for the forthcoming exhibition Munch Becoming "Munch," Artistic Strategies 1880-1892, to be held at the Munch Museum, Oslo from 8 October 2008 to 12 January 2009.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection


    Literature

    A. Eggum, Edvard Munch: Paintings Sketches, and Studies, Oslo, 1984, p. 64, no. 107 (illustrated).