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Knight's review and criticism of Munch's art are both hysterically funny, well-written and in many ways apt. But historical art criticism can have dubious value when it is as wrong as this one.

William Ritter: Edvard Munch
Translated by Svein Erik Sørland. Pax publishing company, 2015.


It was in the years 1902–1907 that the doors to the continent really opened for Edvard Munch: In 1902 he was invited home to Dr. Max Linde to make a series of etchings; in March 1903 he exhibited in Paul Cassirer's art salon in Berlin, and the same month he went to Paris to attend the Salon des Indépendants, where he attracted international attention. At the Salon three years later, the fauvists were presented together and with full force, together with, among others, Munch, who was also perceived as a fauvist. Munch exhibited in the same room as Ludvig Karsten, Jean Puy, Henri Manguin, Albert Marquet and Kees van Dongen. In the summer of 1906, Munch returned to Åsgårdstrand, where he managed to get many. . .

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