Red Creeper (1900) by Edvard Munch

Red Creeper - Edvard Munch - 1900

Artwork Information

TitleRed Creeper
ArtistEdvard Munch
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions32.5 x 48 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationNational Gallery, Oslo, Norway
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About Red Creeper

Red Virginia Creeper is a landscape painting created by the expressionist artist Edvard Munch in 1898-1900. The oil on canvas artwork measures 119.5 x 121 cm and is currently housed in the National Gallery, Oslo, Norway. It is part of Munch’s The Frieze of Life series and depicts a house covered in red ivy.

The painting signifies a shift in Munch’s artistic style, showing a disintegration of his synthetist art nouveau style. It is considered a genre painting and belongs to the Munch Museum’s collection, with a provenance that leads back to the artist’s estate. Due to copyright restrictions, Red Virginia Creeper is not available for sale or reproduction.

Munch’s use of red ivy represents the entwining of nature and the human world. It is a theme that recurs throughout his work and is particularly poignant in this painting. The colors used in the painting are notably muted, with a hazy grey background that creates a sense of unease. Overall, Red Virginia Creeper is a striking example of Munch’s expressionist style, showcasing his ability to convey raw emotion through his use of color and symbolism.

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