Scarce Autograph Letter Signed, in German, on small 8vo stationery card, "Sköien near Kristiania," n.d. but most likely late 1916
by MUNCH, EDVARD
Munch subscribes to a new art magazine featuring him in its first issue. Munch requests a subscription to "Das Kunstblatt," the new art magazine which published an article about him in its first issue. At the end of our art association letter, he signs in full, "Edvard Munch." Translated in full, "Dear Sir, I would like to subscribe to Kunstblatt [Art Journal] for one year and would like to start my subscription with the first issue. Respectfully, Evard Munch Sköien near Kristiania." "Das Kunstblatt" is a German art magazine, published in Weimar by Paul Westheim from 1917 until 1933. It was an important and influential periodical on contemporary art. The first issue came out in January of 1917 and in it was an article on Munch written by Gustav Schiefler, with whom Munch had a correspondence over a long period of time, from 1902 to 1935. Schiefler wrote the authoritative catalogue of Munch's graphic work, "Verzeichnis des Graphischen Werks Edvard Munchs bis 1906) (published in Berlin in 1907). Munch's request to "start my subscription with the first issue" suggests that he was writing just before the publication of the first issues which was in January of 1917, hence the date of this letter being late 1916 or possibly very early 1917. That, in addition to his having purchased and moved into his home at Ekely at Skoien near Kristiania in 1916. Munch bought the Ekely property at Skoien (or Skoyen) on the outskirts of Oslo which was, at the time, called Kristiana. It was called Kristiana and spelled with the "K "from 1877 until 1925 when it became known as Oslo. He lived at Ekely for the rest of his life. It was also in 1916 that the decorations for the University Aula were completed, at which point Munch began to have large outdoor studios built on his property for his large paintings., Munch built onto Ekely to the point of it being a nearly self-sufficient estate. Munch letters are scarce. Sehr geehrter Herr Ich möchte gern auf Kunstblatt für ein Jahr abonnieren und möchte auch gern der Abonnement schon erste Monat anfangen. Mit vorzüglicher Hochachtung Edvard Munch Sköien n Kristiania ------ Dear Sir, I would like to subscribe to Kunstblatt [Art Journal] for one year and would like to start my subscription with the first issue. Respectfully, Evard Munch Sköien near Kristiania. (Inventory #: 4234)
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