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Eva Mudocci

Edvard Munch

European Art

Eva Mudocci was a professional violinist whom Edvard Munch met and fell in love with in 1902. In this lyrical portrait, her slightly tilted face is surrounded by an aura of cascading hair executed in swirling strokes of lithographic ink made directly on the stone.

Of the portrait, Mudocci recalled: “He wanted to make a perfect portrait of me but each time he began on an oil painting he destroyed it, because he was not happy with it. He had more success with the lithographs, and the stones that he used were sent up to our room in the Sans Souci Hotel in Berlin accompanied by a note that said: ‘Here is the stone that fell from my heart.’”
MEDIUM Lithograph on wove paper
DATES 1903
DIMENSIONS image: 23 5/16 × 18 3/8 in. (59.3 × 46.7 cm) sheet: 29 13/16 × 21 3/8 in. (75.7 × 54.3 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed, "Edv. Munch" lower right margin, in pencil
INSCRIPTIONS Lower right in graphite: Edv Munch"
CREDIT LINE Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863–1944). Eva Mudocci, 1903. Lithograph on wove paper, image: 23 5/16 × 18 3/8 in. (59.3 × 46.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund, 38.253. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 38.253.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 38.253.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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