Neutralia (Girls Picking Apples) (Apfelpflücken)
22 1/2 x 20 13/16 in. (57.1 x 52.8 cm)
(1863 - 1944)
Medium and Support:
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Location: Not currently on view
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]
General references to this print in Werner Timm's "The Graphic Art of Edvard Munch," Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society, 1969, plate 155.
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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This object has the following bibliographic references:
Article Title: Munch Materializes.
Article Scope: Article and reproduction.
Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester, New York: Memorial Art Gallery, 1935-1995.
Volume Number: 38,
Issue Number: 3.
Issue Date: November 1972.
Article Scope: Catalogue Raisonné entry and reproduction.
Edvard Munch: The Complete Graphic Works.
New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2001.
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