Couple on the Shore (from the Reinhardt Frieze) (1906 – 1907) by Edvard Munch

Couple on the Shore (from the Reinhardt Frieze) - Edvard Munch - 1906 - 1907

Artwork Information

TitleCouple on the Shore (from the Reinhardt Frieze)
ArtistEdvard Munch
Date1906 - 1907
Dimensions90 x 155 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationNeue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

About Couple on the Shore (from the Reinhardt Frieze)

“Couple on the Shore (from the Reinhardt Frieze)” is an expressionist genre painting by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, created between 1906 and 1907. The artwork is done on canvas using tempera medium and has the dimensions of 90 x 155 cm. It is currently housed in the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany.

The painting depicts a scene of two figures standing close together on a shoreline. The ambiance is somewhat abstract and dreamlike, with muted and blended colors creating an ethereal atmosphere. The figures appear to be embracing or in a close, intimate pose, with their bodies merged in such a way that individual details are obscured, favoring emotional expression over realism.

The background consists of washed-out, swirling colors suggesting sky, water, and possibly land, creating a rhythmic pattern that seems to both envelop the couple and isolate them within their own emotional landscape. Munch’s use of color and loose brushwork are characteristic of the Expressionist movement’s emphasis on subjective experience and emotional resonance, rather than a literal depiction of reality.

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