Dance of Life, Edward Munch, 1899

Description of the picture:

Dance of Life – Edward Munch. 1899. Oil on canvas. 126×190.5
Life is a dance. Passed youthful enthusiasm and fussiness, old age in the near future. Experience and knowledge are the benefits of maturity. The central couple is immersed in themselves, surrounded by energetic young dancers, they create a special rhythm of work, its dramaturgy and action. The color scheme of the composition is simple and elegant. A simple idea inspired the master to create this canvas. On the left is youth, on the right is old age, in the center is a mature couple. If youth is full of impatient expectation of the start of the dance, then old age sadly watches couples, immersed in memories. The central couple is leisurely and thorough, the main thing in them is the enjoyment of the present.

Light tones of youth, rich red – maturity, old age – black.
An interesting detail is the lunar path on the sea surface and the moon itself, when combined, form a human figure with outstretched arms. The moon is timeless, but, carried away by the dance of life, she tries to merge with people to experience what they experience, performing this short dance for her.