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The Private Journals of Edvard Munch: We Are Flames Which by Edvard Munch

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By Edvard Munch

Scandinavia's most renowned painter, the Norwegian Edvard Munch (1863-1944), is maybe top recognized for his portray The Scream, a universally well-known icon of terror and depression. (A model was once stolen from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, in August 2004, and has now not but been recovered.) yet Munch thought of himself a author in addition to a painter. Munch begun portray as and, in his younger maturity, studied and labored in Paris and Berlin, the place he developed a hugely own kind in work and works on paper. And in diaries that he stored for many years, he additionally experimented with memory, fiction, prose photos, philosophical speculations, and surrealism. often called an artist who captured either the ecstasies and the hellish depths of the human situation, Munch conveys those feelings in his diaries but in addition finds different aspects of his character in comments and tales which are alternately droll, compassionate, romantic, and cerebral.
This English translation of Edvard Munch's inner most diaries, the main huge variation to seem in any language, captures the eloquent lyricism of the unique Norwegian textual content. The magazine entries during this quantity span the interval from the Eighteen Eighties, while Munch used to be in his twenties, until eventually the Thirties, reflecting the alterations in his existence and his paintings. The ebook is illustrated with fifteen of Munch's drawings, lots of them not often visible earlier than. whereas those diaries were excerpted ahead of, no translation has captured the true ardour and poetry of Munch's voice. it is a translation that shall we Munch communicate for himself and inspires the primal ardour of his diaries. J. Gill Holland's remarkable paintings provides an entire new point to our realizing of the artist and the intensity of his scream.

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I talked a lot to Fru P— the champagne was warming Fru P put her hand suddenly on mine—it was soft as velvet —I held the champagne in my hand—you know it cools I said— 43 we are flames which pour out of the earth —her eyes were were large and dark—I could rest my gaze in that dark hair —her eyes grew so big When—as if we became one through two large pupils —and as if our souls changed place—and when she smiled I felt as if I, my body was embraced— We forget the whole party and there were only we two— —Dessert came and I was called to my senses— I heard Fru S’s rather dry voice—she spoke across the table —I watched her— (She certainly didn’t like it that I openly looked at the other woman) After dinner Fru L came over 44 the private journals of edvard munch to me came where Fru P is now it was halfdark.

He had never kissed before. Next time he must do it only, only if he dared. We sat opposite each other. Our eyes met. A red glow over it all. Then she sat up straight in the sofa and leaned her head against the back of the sofa. Now I had to examine a curious pattern in the upholstery, so I leaned down toward her so our cheeks were close and I felt how near to each other we were. 25 we are flames which pour out of the earth  I intend to collect these journal entries into one. These are in part experiences, in part fabrications.

Our eyes met. A red glow over it all. Then she sat up straight in the sofa and leaned her head against the back of the sofa. Now I had to examine a curious pattern in the upholstery, so I leaned down toward her so our cheeks were close and I felt how near to each other we were. 25 we are flames which pour out of the earth  I intend to collect these journal entries into one. These are in part experiences, in part fabrications. I do not intend just to give my experiences. It will ultimately search out the hidden powers and bring them forth— to give them imaginative life to turn them into poetry reinforce them in order to body forth these powers most clearly in the machinery which is called human life and its conflicts with other human life.

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