Jealousy, Munch, 1895

Description of the picture:

Jealousy – Munch. 1895. 67×100 cm
Jealousy is a devastating feeling, deforming personality, and indeed the whole world. The artist analyzes the causes, shows the results, philosophizes, but can not get to the bottom of it, find a cure, name the reasons. Most likely, the author depicts certain fantasies inspired by a devastating feeling. Eroticism and ambiguity of the scene, its unreality and far-fetchedness, best demonstrate the baselessness, baselessness of jealousy. It is known that the model for many of Munch’s paintings was the wife of his friend, a writer.

The paintings with the same name Jealousy are very different. The master is experimenting with color, looking for camera angles, staging scenes, compositions. One thing remains unchanged – the presence of a hero whose half-crazy eyes vividly and expressively demonstrate the entire complex structure of jealousy, its destructive effect on personality. The picture also contains a group that animates and illustrates the plot.

Obviously, the woman inspired the master, woke his imagination, came up against the most non-standard ideas of paintings.

Black and white range makes the work concise, harmonious and expressive. It seems that the master does not want to distract the viewer from the topic of work. He deliberately focuses on the very essence.