The latest Edvard Munch theft

I found out via @theartmarket on Twitter that another Edvard Munch has been stolen in Norway. The hand-coloured lithograph, titled “Historien”, was taken from Nyborgs Kunst on Thursday.

Seriously – what is it with Munch? Why is he always being stolen? He hardly got more than a passing reference on my art course but everyone seems to want a piece.

Having thought about this while looking at some of his work I think it might be because of his talent for expressing private sadness or struggle (as well as the allure of lax museum security and art as status symbol).

Edvard Munch - Weeping Nude, 1913

Edvard Munch - Weeping Nude, 1913

This talent reminds me of the work of Seiger Köder. He’s a German priest who uses paint to make the Christian message accessible. His art is rich and powerful, conveying intimate and touching moments in through understated gestures.

You can see the similarities particularly in the following images:

On the left is Edvard Munch’s ‘Love and Pain’ and on the right, Sieger Köder’s ‘Maternal Womb’.

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