Oil on canvas
92 x 72.5 cm
wrote on Jun 8, 2001:
The recurrent Oslo bridge in Munch's works is a clear symbol of
terror and anxiety when he finds himself wandering, like a senseless
automat; the bridge is equal to the means, the brief part which
separates before and after, where we find ourselves alone, crying
or being observed.
wrote on Apr 1, 2001:
I miss everything I'll never be
At dawn the lonely man walks home all by himself, regretting,
thinking, feeling the weight of his own dirty feet tormenting
his own soul and enabled to exorcise his own ghosts. He leaves
behind two more strangers, two more lonely and resentful faces.
He keeps walking, and what is he thinking of, death? Madness?
Sorrow? Lost? Or maybe a simple crossover of all those feelings.
Is he trying to forget something, or just walking away from himself,
trying not to be himself, trying so very hard not to feel that
pain, not to have that permanent hollow. He longs for something,
something that would feed the beast within him, something that
somehow would make him better - or simply different. Yes a different
person in a different place - and without that pain!
Solorzano wrote on Dec 26, 2000:
It seems that Munch uses the same bridge on this painting as the
ones in The Scream and Anxiety. By doing so he creates the feeling
of anxiety as that is what I think his goal would be.
Edvard Munch: The Frieze