The first six paintings in his mature 1902 version of the Frieze explore the early development of love, told from a very personal point of view.
Each of the paintings exhibited by Munch in 1895 tells a part of his story of ‘the life of the soul’, of love between man and woman. And of Munch’s own life.
The final group of charcoal drawings brings disaster and redemption, with increasingly rich detail and symbolism.
The first group of charcoal drawings traces the man’s life as an adult, from solitude in a vast forest, to a bacchanalian orgy.
This completes the 18 oil paintings. The series continues with another 16 charcoal drawings.
The first of 4 articles looking at an extraordinary narrative series of 34 paintings, many of them quite beautiful.
Two Romantic series from the founder of the Hudson River School, showing the rise and loss of civilisation, and the stages of life.
Hogarth’s series spawned several others, the most significant being by Augustus Egg and William Frith.
His most famous, and brilliantly painted, narrative series, and an experimental oddity.
The series A Harlot’s Progress and A Rake’s Progress told detailed and complex narratives using paintings alone.