Mystical Shore

Edvard Munch Norwegian

Not on view

By employing the same kind of mark to describe both the sky and the sea in Mystical Shore, Munch diminishes the function of the horizon line, which inmost seascapes would have differentiated between scenic elements. Instead, the viewer’s perspective is presented as a total yet spiritual view onto the world. Munch included his strange melded representation of the moon and its light across a number of paintings and prints; in this instance it serves to vertically stabilize the image against its horizontal spread of nocturnal green light. Mystical Shore most likely references Norway’s Oslofjord as seen from the port town of Åsgårdstrand, where Munch bought a summer home the year this print was made.

Mystical Shore, Edvard Munch (Norwegian, Løten 1863–1944 Ekely), Woodcut printed in green; third state of five (Woll)

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