Madonna
by Edvard Munch
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Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863-1944), Madonna, 1895-1902. Color lithograph on wove, tan, mixed fiber paper, 17 5/16 x 17 ½ in. (44 x 44.5 cm). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, William Francis Warden Fund (57.362). © 2013 The Munch Museum / The Munch-Ellingsen Group / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Walt Kuhn was inspired when he saw Munch’s work at the Cologne Sonderbund exhibition in fall 1912 and commented that the artist “paints big wild things, very crude but extremely powerful.” Kuhn wrote that he had secured “a couple” of Munch’s “pictures” for the Armory Show, presumably paintings. In the end, Munch did not send any paintings, but Kuhn did secure four of his lithographs and four of his woodcuts for the exhibition.

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