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Creator Name: Munch, Edvard
Creator Nationality: European; Scandinavian; Norwegian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1863 - 1944
Creator Name-CRT: Edvard Munch
Title: The Kiss
Creation Start Date: 1902
Creation End Date: 1902
Creation Date: 1902
Object Type: Prints
Materials and Techniques: color woodcut
Dimensions: H.18-3/8 x W.18-1/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: P.79.59
Credit Line: The Herschel V. Jones Fund, by exchange
Copyright: ? The Munch Museum / The Munch-Ellingsen Group / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
The Kiss is a subject that Munch returned to several times from 1895 to 1902. He first explored the motif in a painting and an etching before embarking on this woodcut version, which stresses a more simplified, abstract composition. In this print, Munch cut the figures out of one block of wood, roughly gouging away the faces and hands. Over this he printed a piece of wood with a strong vertical grain in a light shade of grey, making it seem as if the kiss is as elemental as nature itself. The result is an image with a profound resonance, a timeless symbol of intimacy and unity.
AMICA ID: MIA_.P.79.59
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights:
?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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