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Munch (Taschen Basic Art Series) [Hardcover]

Ulrich Bischoff
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25 Mar 2011 Taschen Basic Art Series
For Edvard Munch (1863-1944), painting was an act of self-liberation. His treatments of fear, desperation, and death still exert a powerful visual and psychological effect on modern viewers. Of all Munch's paintings, "The Scream" (1893), representing a figure tortured by horror, is the most well-known-and certainly one of the most expressive. The artist reflected his innermost feelings in his work: "In reality, my art is a free confession, an attempt to clarify to myself my own relation to life..." Although Edvard Munch cannot be clearly identified with any single movement, he is deemed a pioneer of Expressionism. Every book in TASCHEN's "Basic Art Series" features: a detailed chronological summary of the artist's life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist; approximately 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions; and a concise biography.

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (25 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836527189
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836527187
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 1.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ulrich Bischoff (born in 1947) studied art history, German language and literature studies, sociology, history, philosophy, religion and education in Tubingen and Berlin. He has taught numerous courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and at the Universities of Berlin, Kiel, Hamburg, Passau and Dresden. Since 1994 Bischoff has been director of the Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. He has published numerous writings in the areas of classical modernity and contemporary art, including TASCHEN's "Edvard Munch" and "Max Ernst."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Munch 25 Jun 2014
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Not quite enough about his personal life, but a good overview and discussion of his work with good quality reproductions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 15 Feb 2014
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Very good value and an interesting read highly recommend for the price quietly surprised at how good it wS for the money
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series 29 Mar 2013
By Mrs P
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A compact and instructive look at the work of one of the great painters. I would like to buy more of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pack Your Suitcase ... 5 Nov 2010
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... and get ready to travel if you aspire to 'know' the paintings of Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Looking over the reproductions in this small-format Taschen edition, you'll quickly notice that the large majority of them are in the museums of Oslo and Bergen, in the artist's native Norway. Yes, there are some very fine Munchs in Berlin, Lübeck, and Stuttgart, and a sampling in America. Few painters of the enormous stature of Edvard Munch, however, are so 'concentrated' in their homelands. But it's not inappropriate for Munch; it's as hard to comprehend Munch's vision without Norway as it is to comprehend modern Norway without Ibsen and Munch.

On the other hand, as you'll read in the text of this Taschen book, by Ulrich Bischoff, Edvard Much is generally perceived among art historians as the most significant "bridge" between the French post-impressionists and the German expressionists. That's the sort of insight one can draw from the plates in this book, some of which seem remarkably close to Cezanne and Monet while others leap forward over van Gogh to Kokoschka and Beckmann. Yet Munch is one of the most 'recognizable' of painters; it's rare to see a painting of his for the first time, across a gallery, without instantly identifying the artist. Chiefly that's because of his unique combination of the most formal vertical/horizontal axis compositions with the most informal, improvisational brushwork and his thin washes of color.

The utility of a book like this is limited, I think, to being an "aide to memory". If you've never seen at least a sample of Munch's paintings, you can't possibly imagine their impact from these little shiny pages. Munch was first a painter's painter, in terms of building an audience, but his paintings are less about Art than about Life. He himself grouped his works in what he called "Friezes of Life", and his themes were always the stages of life - childhood/youth/maturity/age - and the basic involvements of life - sexual intimacy/hostility, sickness, loneliness, and death. Munch seldom painted anything to be decorative. He sought emotional impact above all. Many of his paintings are fearsomely grim, to be honest about them, and dark and yes, depressing. But don't think you can "live without them" until you've had a chance to experience them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An intensive exploration. 7 July 2003
By Tom Knapp - Published on
This book is short, only 48 pages, but is packed with an incredible amount of information and art. Zeri has done a phenomenal job of encapsulating Munch's life and work in a single, easily digestible package, one from which admirers of "The Scream" and art enthusiasts in general can learn a great deal. I would love to explore other books in Zeri's series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars re Edvard Munch 3 Mar 2009
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Format:Paperback writes"Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety and Myth" at the Art Institute of Chicago challenges the comon idea that Munch was mentally unstable. Displaying approx 150 works by Munch (incl.. Self Portrait with Palette (illustrated) and his influential peers, this exhibit shows that although he was influenced by other art movements, Munch's work draws strongly on Norwegian pictorial traditions. 312-443-3600,
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything great! 26 Sep 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough covereage of Munch's works of art, but a little subjective 4 Jan 2014
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The book was okay because it presents all the works of art by Munch, but the author is subjective in his interpretation of what the art represents. I would also have liked to know more about Munch's life...perhaps a little more biographical and not just a subjective interpretation of what we're seeing in the art. I like how the author describes the medium used and why Munch might have used the medium.
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