"Melancholy" by Edvard Munch


Part of the Expressionist movement in painting, Edvard Munch several works that explore human emotions and psychology. He produced "Melancholy" in the late-19th century, exhibited it for the first time in Oslo in 1891. The landscape is a depiction of Asgardstrand's beach, a location Munch frequented during the summers in this period. 

Questions to Consider

  1. How does the title of this work influence your interpretation of its visual elements?
  2. How do the visual elements of this work create a unity of meaning? 
  3. What features or elements of this work seem most prominent and informative in your interpretation? 
  4. Given more time and resources, what would you want to know or explore about this painting? 

Previous Citation(s)
By Edvard Munch - The Athenaeum: pic, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38018045

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