The dance of life, Munch

The dance of life, Munch
The dance of life, Munch

When thinking of Eduard Munch, the work known by all as El Grito inevitably comes to mind, in fact this is something typical in the history of art since certain artists become the icon of the production of a work and although this is a way to reach the general public, it often makes the rest of that artist's production fall into oblivion. This is a circumstance applicable to all artistic disciplines, which not only occurs in painting. If we were to ask the non-specialized public about a work by Munch that was not The Scream, most of them could hardly tell us another canvas by the artist, well, the work that we analyze below is an impressive canvas that is perhaps not as well known as the popular work but that undoubtedly has a wonderful artistic and stylistic quality.


Eduard Munch (1863 – 1944) was one of the maximum exponents of expressionist aesthetics in Northern Europe. His painting full of contrasting colors and sinuous shapes tried, as he himself said, to dissect the soul of men. Capture feelings in a raw and unsweetened way. At the end of the 19th century, specifically in 1899, he began to carry out the work that concerns us here. It is a large oil painting on canvas - it is almost two meters wide and one meter twenty high - that the artist painted inspired by the landscapeof Asgardstrand where he used to spend his vacations as well as some moments of personal retreat.

This is a composition set at night, the moon crowns the sky and its reflection is evident in the water of the lake with a very striking phallic shape. Perhaps the allusion to the moon comes from the well-known Claro de Luna sonata that inspired Munch so much. In the foreground we find a couple dancing in the center of the composition and is flanked by two women who seem to be the same but dressed in dresses of opposite colors, the lady in white would come to represent the mature woman while the one in black to loneliness.

At this point we must point out that Munch's work has had different interpretations and while some believe that it is a representation of love others believe that rather the three figures are a representation of the passage of time. Closing the composition we find other couples who also dance and in which different attitudes can be seen.

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