Edvard Munch, Photographer


"I have learned a lot from photography…" said Edvard Munch near the end of his life. This documentary exhibition presented a selection of 50 original prints of photographs taken by Edward Munch, from the Munch Museum in Oslo. His writings and the titles he gave the pictures leave no doubt as to the importance Munch gave to his photographic vision and his own shots.

Munch used photography, an art supposed to be objective, to express his inward conflicts. They were to inspire him between 1902 and 1908 for a series of painful self-portraits or eminently symbolical compositions such as the Self-Portrait "à la Marat".

After 1926, one can notice in his self portraits a new formal mastery that reminds one of the preoccupations of avant-guarde German photography that was then blooming. Munch then seemed to be interested in the aesthetics of photography as such and he shot a few short amateur films.


Françoise Heilbrun, curator, Musée d'Orsay

24 September - 16 December 1991
Musée d'Orsay