Two Women on the Shore

A work made of woodcut printed from one block (sawn into three sections) in dark blue, green, black and red-brown ink with additions in green crayon on cream japanese paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut printed from one block (sawn into three sections) in dark blue, green, black and red-brown ink with additions in green crayon on cream japanese paper.

Date:

1898

Artist:

Edvard Munch
Norwegian, 1863-1944

About this artwork

The themes of loneliness, sex, and death are given powerful expression in Edvard Munch’s color woodcut Two Women on the Shore. A young girl, clad in white, gazes yearningly across the dark sea toward an unknown future. She seems oblivious to the deathlike figure beside her which she is fated to become. Incorporating the rough texture of the woodblock and limiting himself to basic shapes and a few colors, the Norwegian artist created a disturbing image of the fruitlessness of love and hope.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Edvard Munch

Title

Two Women on the Shore

Origin

Norway

Date

1898

Medium

Woodcut printed from one block (sawn into three sections) in dark blue, green, black and red-brown ink with additions in green crayon on cream Japanese paper

Inscriptions

Signed: "E. Munch"

Dimensions

456 x 514 mm (image); 536 x 598 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1963.293

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