Museum Folkwang
To mennesker. De ensomme (Reinhardt-frisen)
  • Edvard Munch
  • To mennesker. De ensomme (Reinhardt-frisen), 1906/07

  • Two Human Beings. The Lonely Ones (The Reinhardt Frieze)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 89,5 x 159,5 cm
  • Acquired in 1968 with the support of the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stifung and the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 358
  • CommentaryEdvard Munch’s work has as theme the jeopardy of human existence between birth and death, love and loneliness. With his direct, psychologically charged pictorial language, he became a pioneer of modern painting and considerably influenced German Expressionism.
    Munch used above all lines to re-order pictorial space in reducing contours of motifs to simple forms of almost magical intensity.
    Apart from figures, Munch also painted landscape throughout his life. Especially impressive are his views of the area around Nordstrand, south of Oslo, made around 1900. Humans appear only rarely in these paintings. Here and there, outlines of trees seem to suggest human forms or dark spots in the white of the snow recall eye sockets. The paintings thus seem full of human life, without destroying their landscape form: A suggestive depiction of the landscape transforms it into a reflection of the feelings viewers have about nature.
  • Provenance1907 - 1912, Deutsches Theater, Kammerspiele, Berlin
    1912, Fritz Gurlitt, Kunsthandel Berlin
    1914, Cassirer, Berliln
    1914? - 1930, Curt Glaser
    1930 - 1937, Nationalgalerie, Berlin
    1937, als entartet beschlagnahmt
    1938, Hermann Göring/Josef Angerer
    1938, Quantmeyer & Eicke, Berlin
    1938, Marc Sandeler, Stockholm/New York
    Mrs. Sandler-Kayser, USA
    1965, Hammerlunds Kunsthandel
    1968, Galerie Beyeler, Basel
    1968, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,164
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: To mennesker. De ensomme (Reinhardt-frisen)
  • Obj_Title2_S: Two Human Beings. The Lonely Ones (The Reinhardt Frieze)
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): To mennesker. De ensomme (Reinhardt-frisen) Two Human Beings. The Lonely Ones (The Reinhardt Frieze) To mennesker. De ensomme (Reinhardt-frisen) Sommernacht, Die Einsamen (Der Reinhardt-Fries)
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1906/07
  • Jahr von: 1,906
  • Jahr bis: 1,907
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 358
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0358
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 89,5 x 159,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1968 with the support of the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stifung and the Folkwang-Museumsverein
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
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Edvard Munch’s work has as theme the jeopardy of human existence between birth and death, love and loneliness. With his direct, psychologically charged pictorial language, he became a pioneer of modern painting and considerably influenced German Expressionism.
Munch used above all lines to re-order pictorial space in reducing contours of motifs to simple forms of almost magical intensity.
Apart from figures, Munch also painted landscape throughout his life. Especially impressive are his views of the area around Nordstrand, south of Oslo, made around 1900. Humans appear only rarely in these paintings. Here and there, outlines of trees seem to suggest human forms or dark spots in the white of the snow recall eye sockets. The paintings thus seem full of human life, without destroying their landscape form: A suggestive depiction of the landscape transforms it into a reflection of the feelings viewers have about nature.