The Munch - Ibsen Relationship Term Paper by Master Researcher

The Munch - Ibsen Relationship
An analysis of how the work of artist Edvard Munch was influenced by the playwright, Henrik Ibsen.
# 39182 | 1,650 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 06, 2003 in Art (Artists) , Drama and Theater (World)

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This paper examines the influence of Henrik Ibsen on the work of Edvard Munch. The paper discusses how Munch's long association with Ibsen was marked by mutual respect and collaboration that extended over forty years from the 1890s on into the 1920s. The paper goes on to demonstrate how Ibsen's play "Ghosts" was absolutely central to Munch's career and even to his psyche.

Munch and Ibsen

From the Paper:

"Ibsen's play "Ghosts" was absolutely central to Munch's career and even his psyche. The symbiotic relationship between the artist and the play is actually quite remarkable; Moving in the one direction Munch designed the sets for Max Reinhardt's production of "Ghosts" (1906) at the Kammerspielhaus. (He also painted the frieze that decorated the lobby of this theatre.) Moving in the other direction he used the setting and images of the play to provide depth and context to his self-portrait, "Self-Portrait in Copenhagen" (1909).
""Ghosts" details the devastation of a Norwegian family when the return of a syphilitic son, on the occasion of the dedication of an orphanage honouring his dead father, sets in motion a tragic course of events that results in the family's twisted past being revealed. The play ends with the son babbling insanely that the sun is rising as his mother debates whether or not to give him a fatal dose of drugs and end his insane ravings.
"The play was deemed to be so outrageous--in introducing the idea of venereal disease amongst the wealthy bourgeoisie that it was banned in Sweden (Norway was not yet independent of the Swedish crown). In Norway it was only performed privately. The former director of the Kristiana Theatre, Ludvig Josephson dismissed it as "One of the filthiest things ever written in Scandinavia.""

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