Response to Courbet’s ‘Burial at Ornans’, a curious work by Edvard Munch, and very disturbing thoughts about burial alive.
Not an illusion as such, it has been used to great effect by a wide range of painters from Mantegna to Munch.
Examples of a ‘dead’ narrative technique used by JMW Turner, Corot, Ford Madox Brown, Edvard Munch, Lovis Corinth and others.
A relatively common motif, it started with the peculiar association of death and the erotic, then changed in the late 19th century.
From about 1899, he took to the streets for his nocturnes and twilight views, influenced by Munch and perhaps van Gogh.
During the decade to 1904, he painted extraordinary nocturnes and other views in low light, in the centre of Stockholm.
The teacher of Caillebotte, Eakins, Munch, John Singer Sargent, Toulouse-Lautrec and many other artists. But almost forgotten himself.
With Edvard Munch launched in his career, Normann returned to painting the fjords of his native Norway.
Born in north Norway, trained in Germany, he mostly painted breathtaking views of fjords. But in 1892, he seized the opportunity to change the history of art, and became godfather to one of the world’s most famous paintings.
Narrative works by Corinth, Klimt, and others; figurative work by the same two, Schiele and Munch.