On the bridge
hand coloured lithograph on laid paper
40 x 53 cm Darst. / 48,2 x 64,5 cm Bildgröße / 15 3/4 x 20 7
signed lower right
Munch was deeply attached to the seaside village of Asgardstrand where he owned a wooden house. It was as a refuge, somewhere Munch could go to get away from the activity in Paris, Berlin, or Kristiania. It was the shoreline of Asgardstrand that Munch depicted in his most haunting seascapes. In 1902 he created his first version of Girls on a Bridge, with his good friend Aase Nørregaard as the central figure. Over the next few years, he went through a dark and turbulent period. But in 1912 he returned to the theme of Girls on a Bridge. Until 1935, Munch created different variations of the motif, as painting, woodcut and lithograph. This particular lithographic print is unusual in that it was hand coloured by the artist. Hand-colouring was not only time-consuming, but also much more expensive than traditional lithographic applications.
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