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In the footsteps of Edvard Munch

Read more: Steinmann Read more: Solen, Munchstatuen Read more: Munch Vandring In the footsteps of Edvard Munch Photo: Munch-museet/Munch-Ellingsen gruppen/Bono 2009
Read more: Steinmann
Read more: Solen, Munchstatuen
Read more: Munch Vandring
In the footsteps of Edvard Munch Photo: Munch-museet/Munch-Ellingsen gruppen/Bono 2009
Today you can walk this route by yourself and find plates with information and motives along the route. Pick up a brochure with map at the tourist- or serviceoffice and walk through the streets of Kragerø in Munch's footsteps.

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About Munch in Kragerø
In May 1909 sailed a coastal boat into the Kragerøfjord. Onboard was the painter Edvard Munch, recently arrived home from an extended stay on a nerve clinic in Copenhagen. Edvard Munch desides to settle down at Skrubben in Kragerø, west of the city, where he rents a bigger house. Years in Kragerø would prove to be some of his most productive, because the environment and "light" had a good impact on his health. In several letters Munch expressed his enthusiasm for Kragerø. Just weeks after his arrival in Kragerø he writes: "I am now working full time, I feel, it now seems as if I am at my artistic peak. Never have my work given me so much joy." In his large studio at Skrubben he worked in the so-called "Kragerø Period" with the two world renowned Aula decorations in University of Oslo. Motifs such as "The Sun", "History" and "Alma Mater" was conceived in Kragerø. In addition he spent time in Kragerø to paint a portion of his best portraits of friends and contacts in the art community. He also painted some pictures of Kragerø urban environment and the surrounding hills which he was particularly fond of.

Munch statue
In 1998 at a viewpoint on Skrubben, a sculpture were placed in memory of Edvard Munchs Kragerø-period placed into the subject artwork "The Sun". It was precisely here Munch fetched subject to one of his greatest works - "The Sun". The sculpture is made by Kragerø artist Per Elsdorff and are molded by the local A.M. Andersen metal foundry on Øya.

In Munch's footsteps
Besides the Munch sculpture, a walking route through his works has been made through informative plates and illustrations. Pick up a brochure with map at the tourist office, service office or Kragerø Library, and walk in the Munch's footsteps. This is a nice activity for the whole family! You can also book a guided Munch walk with Katja Cecilie Ræder Aarflot. By interest please contact her via mail: katjaaarflot@hotmail.com

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In the footsteps of Edvard Munch

In the footsteps of Edvard Munch

About Munch in Kragerø In May 1909 sailed a coastal boat into the Kragerøfjord. Onboard was the painter Edvard Munch, recently arrived home from an ext...

In the footsteps of Edvard Munch

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