Thursday, November 26, 2009

Image and title

A strong commentary on relationships and personal, emotional tragedy...this piece by Edvard Munch entitled, "Vampire," attempts to conceptually close the space between image and title. It looks like a fairly normal embrace, the male figure is buried in the breast of the woman in a submissive pose and she appears to be kissing his neck, or is she sucking him emotionally dry?

There is always a darkness to Munch's work, an eerie, unexplained ambiguous, but active background....mark making, concentric line work around the figures, touches of color, but used visually to move the eye around, creating a sense of unity...without the title, would this be just an embrace?

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