wrote on Nov 11, 2003:
I don't think the man in this picture is hesitant. In fact, i think he is just
mesmerized by the woman he is with. The entire picture is mesmerizing. She is
laying there, humbled down to him, giving herself to him. And she looks extremely
comfortable and safe with this man. She loves him. He is amazed by her willingness
to be with him, and feels the love overflowing into his body. He just has to
stop, and look at her. Because that kind of love and beauty has to be caught
in the eyes of the companion. Otherwise it will be missed.
wrote on Feb 22, 2002:
New fan of Munch
I am a newfound lover of Munch, I discovered him during a class
project and I adore him. His paintings reflect the essence of
man; mans needs for acceptance of himself and by others. He ties
in Maslow's hierarchy of needs to create beautiful art that we
all can relate to. This piece strikes me because it is love in
its simplicity. Two people who are so in love and they are comfortable
with themselves and their bodies. I love the use of the two mediums
to create a raw yet beautifully blended piece of work. The figures
are raw and not detailed, yet still they are an accurate representation
of the human form. It touches me because although I am young,
it does relate to love that I feel.
wrote on Feb 7, 2002:
What a beautiful depiction of surrender and intimacy. Its amazing
how one can capture all the dominance of the stature without being
intimidating and threatening. What a pity the colour was never
complete... among Munch's many talents was his ability to add
raw passion to a painting with his use of colour.
Taylor wrote on Jan 5, 2002:
What a powerful display of human communication! She: soft body
lines, open body gesture - in surrender. He: hard lined and rigid,
very hesitant to submit. Perhaps afraid of love, of himself, of
his own fears? This painting expresses Munch's failed life experiences
of not connecting/communicating fully to women in his own life!
Perhaps the title is a reflection of a desire, rather than the
process of courtship that he wants us so dearly to believe. Yet,
a powerful and passionate painting revealing more of Munch than
we can ever imagine.
Claro wrote on Dec 21, 2001:
Hear Music When I Look At This Picture
I imagine her, I imagine that first moment which all things become
harmony. I look at Cupido and one feeling of peace through my
mind and my body and I believe in the LOVE. What beautiful is
wrote on Dec 20, 2001:
The curved arms of the female subject are representational of
the security and stability she is able to offer the male. He is
hesitant because should he accept her embrace he would become
powerless to his own love for her. He yearns for the spiritual,
emotional and physical fusion but fears the spiral into insanity
sure to follow if she decides to unlock her embrace.
und Warnemünde 1907-1908.
Pencil and oil on board
65 x 91 cm