Old Trees is a landscape painting that showcases Edvard Munch’s passion for intense human experiences. Munch is known for his expressionism style, which emphasizes internal emotions and feelings in his artworks. His breakthrough work, The Sick Child, explores themes of mortality, grief, anguish, insanity, and obsessions of a troubled soul. Old Trees was created between 1923-25 and continues this trend by showing the raw beauty of nature.
Munch’s output of graphic art, including etchings, drypoints, lithographs, and woodcuts also allowed him to communicate his message to a larger audience. He often refused to sell his original paintings but instead created reproductions to sell instead. This shows that he prioritized the message rather than the means through which it was delivered.
Although not directly related to Old Trees painting itself The Frieze of Life series by Munch explores themes such as love, fear & anxiety which showcase some tonal similarities with Old Trees Painting; giving way for possible interpretation towards darker emotional undertones in Old Tree’s depiction of Nature made around this same period.
Overall Edvard Munch has left an indelible mark on the art world thanks to his passionate expressions of intense human experiences in both print & painting format like Old Trees showing us how beautiful nature can be when we strip away society’s influence yielding a more primordial and sublime beauty beneath it all.