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Two Girls near an Apple Tree

Two Girls near an Apple Tree

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. Edvard Munch had a house there and painted the local people. The apple tree in blossom symbolises the innocence of youth. Munch is best known for his sombre Symbolist work of the 1890s. 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 near an Apple Tree
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 111 cm
Height 131 cm
Artists Artist: Edvard Munch
Accession number 2426 (MK)
Credits Purchased 1957
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1957
Creation date in 1905
Internal exhibitions Een prikkelcollectie (2000)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Lievelingen (2024)
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - Kunst stelt alles voor (2020)
Cobra 75: Grenzeloos en vrij (2023)
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen @ Rijksmuseum (2023)
Geographical origin Norway > Scandanavia > Northern Europe > Europe

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Edvard Munch

Løten 1863 - Ekely 1944

Edvard Munch initially painted in a naturalist style. But his work became increasingly more expressive, inspired by trips to Paris. From 1892 to 1908, Munch...

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