Words and Images of Edvard Munch

by Bente Torjusen

A long time ago I had also intended to make a big portfolio of the most important prints in The Frieze of Life and to add my words to them – mainly poems in prose – Edvard Munch, 1929

Torjusen has brought Munch’s idea to fruition with this selection of Munch’s art. She has placed each with appropriate words of the artist from diaries, letters and other writings. The result is this beautiful anthology, with many entries reflecting Munch’s recurring theme of isolation. A lengthy introduction provides excellent context for the novice.

For instance, the woodcut Encounter in Space, 1899, is accompanied by these words:

( This book is sadly out of print, but that is where libraries are handy, or try secondhand from Biblioz or Amazon.)