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Two Girls under an Apple Tree in Bloom

Two Girls under an Apple Tree in Bloom

Edvard Munch (in 1905)

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The models for this double portrait from 1905 were two girls from the Norwegian fishing village of Åsgårdstrand. Munch had a house there and painted the local people. The apple tree in blossom symbolises the innocence of youth. This painting is the only canvas by Munch in a Dutch museum. Munch is best known for his sombre Symbolist work of the 1890s, in which loneliness and a longing for death vie with brooding sexuality. This painting is fairly mild by comparison, and the combination of two young girls and a blossoming fruit tree is also decidedly conventional. It is only the manner of painting that is radical, and it was long considered controversial.

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Title Two Girls under an Apple Tree in Bloom
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is on view in room i
Dimensions Width 111 cm
Height 131 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Edvard Munch
Accession number 2426 (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1957
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1957
Age artist Unknown
Exhibitions Een prikkelcollectie (2000)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Geographical origin Norway > Scandanavia > Northern Europe > Europe

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Edvard Munch

Løten 1863 - Ekely 1944

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