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Separation II, 1896

Leopold Museum,
Lithograph and lithographic crayon on paper
55.2×80.5 cm


  • Edvard Munch

    (Løten 1863‒1944 Ekely)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In the lithograph Separation II, the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) depicted the parting of two lovers. The couple, shown on the seashore, are turned away from one another. The woman looks out to sea with a serious and calm gaze, while the man turns to leave away from the shore. His features betray the pain he feels on account of the failed relationship. The woman’s wafting strands of hair symbolize erotic attraction and cling to the man’s shoulders like memory threads. Munch’s works revolve around the great human tragedies between Eros and death. Addressing them in his pictorial language in a hitherto unprecedented psychological directness, Munch became a precursor and founder of Expressionism.

Object data

  • Edvard Munch
Separation II
Art movement
Expressionism, Symbolism
Graphic work
Lithograph and lithographic crayon on paper
55.2×80.5 cm
Signed and dated in the bottom right of the panel: E Munch 96; hand-signed lower right: Ed Munch
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2641
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Richard Gerstl. Inspiration - Vermächtnis, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger u.a., Köln 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 27.09.2019-20.01.2020).
  • Edvard Munch und das Unheimliche, hrsg. von Michael Fuhr, Wien 2009/2010 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 16.10.2009-18.01.2010).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Auktion: 23.06.1983, Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, Auktion 183, Los Nr. 590;
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1983-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Galerie Kornfeld Bern, Katalog zur 183. Auktion, Bern 1983, S. 110, Abb. Tafel 94

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