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Neutralia (Girls Picking Apples) (Apfelpflücken)

1915
22 1/2 x 20 13/16 in. (57.1 x 52.8 cm)

Edvard Munch
Norwegian (1863 - 1944)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color lithograph
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1972.12
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Munch's lithograph poster was originally designed for a poster that advertised a 1915 exhibition of Scandanavian art in Copenhagen, Denmark. This idyllic scene, though, is also a political commentary; the title refes to Denmark and Norway, both of which remained neutral during World War I (1914-1918). The two young girls picking apples symbolize those neutral countries along with their citizens who profited financially from that neutrality. Most telling of this work as a political statement is that, despite the seeming cheerfulness of the scene, the girls remain oblivious to the ship shown sinking in the background.

[Adapted from gallery label text, 2007]

Bibliography
General references to this print in Werner Timm's "The Graphic Art of Edvard Munch," Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society, 1969, plate 155.


Provenance
Anonymous sale ["various owners"], Sotheby's, New York, May 10-12, 1972, lot 295; purchased from that sale by the Gallery

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