The early years in Åsgårdstrand

It’s the shoreline that immediately catches Edvard Munch’s interest his first time in Åsgårdstrand.

More paintings from 1889 and 1890 shows how he is dealing with this, closest to familiarize themselves with it. Images are however in a completely different pictorial expression than what would later become almost his signature Åsgårdstrand. The images are also more impressionistic. The common denominator is that they catch the summer’s light and quiet pursuits.

An important picture pointing towards what comes later, “Inger on the Beach”, in which Munch focuses on the solitary figure, placed in a transparent and simplified landscapes.

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It is in this period of Edvard Munch's life that he develops what would later be known as his signature artistic expression.
"The Frieze of Life"
Bildet viser maleriet «Sommeranften i Åsgårdstrand».
Sommeraften i Åsgårdstrand, 1891 (c) Munch-museet/Munch-Ellingsen Gruppen/BONO 2013
Bildet i svart/hvitt viser strandlinjen i Åsgårdstrand.
Strandlinjen i Åsgårdstrand. Foto: Åsgårdstrand historielag
Bildet viser maleriet «Inger på stranden».
Sommernatt, Inger på stranden, 1889 (c) Munch-museet/Munch-Ellingsen Gruppen/BONO 2013