Lot 605: Collection of five ALSs in Danish, each signed "E. Munch" or "Edv. Munch," totaling six pages, no dates but four postmarked 1893; and a bold ink signature and inscription on an off-white card. All are to the German critic, writer, and collector Julius Elias. Most content discusses arrangements for the 1893 Berlin exhibition at which The Scream was first exhibited, including: a remark that he has "brought the said picture up to my studio"; a request for the address of Dora Hitz as he would like to include her two rejected paintings in their exhibition; a statement that the exhibition has been fixed for December, although the day is not yet certain; a request for the names of journalists whom he might contact in connection with the exhibition; an inquiry concerning portfolios of lithographs and woodcuts he would like to find buyers for; a mention of the poet Jonas Lie; and Christmas greetings. In overall very good to fine condition, with some toning and soiling to edges, and a bit of paper loss to the edge of one letter affecting one word. Munch first achieved notoriety in Berlin in 1892, when a solo exhibition of his works at the conservative Berlin Artists Association was shut down after a week due to public outrage. Painted in 1893, The Scream was first exhibited as part of the six-painting series titled The Frieze of Life, which Munch continued to work on over the course of the decade. Featuring multiple letters focused on the exhibition that revealed Munch's incredibly famous work to the world, this is an absolutely exceptional collection.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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