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Edvard Munch

Galloping Horse

etching and roulette on paper
1915
38 x 32,5 cm Darst. / 74 x 56,5 cm Blatt / 15 5/8 x 13 3/8 i
signed lower right

Munch first depicted the galloping horse on a large format painting in 1910-12. It is in the collection of the Munch Museum in Oslo and is illustrated on the title of volume 3 of the catalogue raisonné of Munch’s paintings. With its mane flowing in the wind, the horse is drawing a sleigh through a gully. People have moved to the sides to make room. A woman has seen the fast approaching horse almost too late, she is throwing herself against the rock. On the flat sleigh the driver is standing, the reins in one hand, the other raised, spurring on the horse. The etching shows the scene mirror-inverted. With greatly reduced means - compared to the painting – Munch depicted the speed of the galloping horse and the panic of the woman throwing herself sideways. The viewer almost believes he can hear the hoofbeats muted by the snow and the shouts of the driver. Provenance available

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