Mural Paintings In
Edvard Munchs Work in Oil
By Alma Luise
that Edvard Munchs oil frieze, called "Work,"
will find a permanent place in the new Oslo Town Hall, when it
is built, is of interest. (In parenthesis: the cornerstone has
been laid for the building and the published plans reveal strikingly
modernistic and pleasing effects; whole city squares are being
laid low to make room for it and the house wreckers are coming
dangerously near the historic house near the National Theatre
where Ibsen once lived. By the time these lines are in print this
attempt at a breathless protest will probably come too late!)
Though Munch does not work in fresco, as all remember who are
familiar with his wall paintings in the university "aula,"
he does achieve monumental effect. He also does "architectural
paintings" with his own medium, to quote Arne Nygaard Nilssen,
who tells a detailed story of modern Norwegian fresco painting
in a valuable and richly illustrated monograph. Somehow, murals
as art expression seem indigenous to this country, where almost
every town or village is hemmed in by mountain walls on which
nature lavishes a whole prism of green, in all the varying shades,
each season with advent of Spring.
New York Times. Mar 20, 1932.
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