Despair (1892) by Edvard Munch

Despair - Edvard Munch - 1892

Artwork Information

ArtistEdvard Munch
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationMunch Museum, Oslo, Norway

About Despair

Edvard Munch’s painting “Despair,” created in 1892, is a notable work from the Expressionism movement. This oil on canvas genre painting is part of the collection at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. The painting is a vividly emotional piece that exemplifies Munch’s expressive use of color and brushwork to convey psychological states.

The artwork portrays a solitary figure standing on an overlook, gazing out upon a landscape at twilight. The figure’s body language suggests introspection or melancholy. Dominating the composition is a highly dramatic sky with swirling red and orange hues, possibly reflecting the inner turmoil or despair of the figure. The contrast between the dark silhouette of the figure and the vibrant sky creates a strong emotional impact. The landscape below, which includes what looks like a body of water and some buildings in the distance, is depicted with cooler and more muted tones of blue and green, setting a contrast to the fiery sky. The expressive style and bold colors are characteristic of Munch’s approach to capturing and evoking intense emotions in his art.

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