Edvard Munch. Technical Art Examination.

The KODE museum in Bergen (Norway) has an astonishing collection of Edvard Munch paintings.  It is the third Munch’s largest collection in the world and boasts Munch’s main works. Though,  I enjoy their collection especially for their Munch’s early paintings. Read more about Edvard Munch and his works on Artsy.

For this museum I did multispectral imaging documentation of 43 paintings and 6 prints of Edvard Munch..


Multispectral Imaging Documentation of 43 Edvard Munch for the KODE museum in Bergen, Norway.

“The Death Bed” (1895) imaging documentation, loaded on IIP server is visible here.

Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch, The Death Bed (1895), Rasmus Meyer Collection, The KODE in Bergen, Norway. Multispectral Imaging Documentation on IIP Server.

Munch’s paintings have been subject recently to technical art examination, especially from Biljana Topolova-Casadiego, conservator at the Munch Museet in Oslo.

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[1] L. E. Plahter “Below the surface of Edvard Munch. Technical examination of four paintings by Edvard Munch” Nasjonalgalleriet Oslo, 1994.   Radiography and infrared Reflectography studies. Plahter has done extensive work on other Norwegian art, such as J. C. Dahl.

[2] B. Singer, T. Aslaksby, B. Topalova-Casadiego, Eva Storevik Tveit “Investigation of Materials Used by Edvard Munch” Studies in Conservation 55, 1-19, 2010.  As the title says, plenty of material information.

[3] U. Plahter, B. Topalova-Casadiego  “The scream by Edvard Munch: painting techniques and colouring materials” in Studying Old Masters paintings, ed. M. Spring, The National Gallery Technical Bulletin, 244-252, 2008.

Online Resources

[4] T. Froisaker, M. Liu, C. Miliani “Non-invasive assessments of cleaning tests on an unvarnished oil-painting on canvas by Edvard Munch” A poster available on line. Palette information.

[5] B. Topalova-Casadiego,”Examination of ‘Separation‘”. Munch Museet website.

[6] “Hyperspectral image capture and analysis of The Scream painted by Edvard Munch in 1893“. The Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory, Gjøvik University College, Gjøvik, Norway, is applying hyperspectral imaging on The Scream (1893).

This group is holding the “Colour and Visual Computing Symposium 2013” in Gjøvik, Norway. http://www.colourlab.no/cvcs/  If you are interested, the submission deadline is in 2 weeks.

[7] Biljana Topalova-Casadiego, ‘Technical Aspects of Edvard Munch’s Painting’, in Edvard Munch, The Complete Paintings, G. Woll (ed.), London: Thames and Hudson (2009). I didn’t read this resource yet, though, Jilleen Nadolny, who worked on its translation from the Norwegian, with Katja Stieglitz, strongly recommended it as one of the most complete discussion on Munch’s technique.

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  1. Carolina Correa April 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    so generous as ever, thanks you to share your knowledge


  2. Carolina Correa April 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply
    • Antonino Cosentino April 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      thanks Carolina! I fixed it.

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