Two Girls under an Apple Tree in Bloom

Two Girls under an Apple Tree in Bloom 1905

Edvard Munch

Room 06

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About this artwork

The models for this double portrait from 1905 were two girls from the Norwegian fishing village of Åsgårdstrand. Munch had a house there and painted the local people. The apple tree in blossom symbolises the innocence of youth. This painting is the only canvas by Munch in a Dutch museum. Munch is best known for his sombre Symbolist work of the 1890s, in which loneliness and a longing for death vie with brooding sexuality. This painting is fairly mild by comparison, and the combination of two young girls and a blossoming fruit tree is also decidedly conventional. It is only the manner of painting that is radical, and it was long considered controversial.

About the creator

Edvard Munch

Løten 1863 - Ekely 1944

Edvard Munch initially painted in a naturalist style. But his work became increasingly more expressive, inspired by trips to Paris. From 1892 to 1908, Munch lived and worked in Berlin. A exhibition of works by Munch in Berlin in 1892 was closed down, because the intensity of the works was considered too violent. He also produced etches, lithographs and woodcuts of his paintings, and this caused a revival of wood cut in the 20th century, particularly among the German expressionists. After 1908, Munch again lived in Norway and mainly painted landscapes and portraits. Munch bequeathed his extensive collection to the city of Oslo; in 1963, it was housed in the Munch Museum.

Object details

material and technique: oil on canvas
kind of object: painting
creditline: Aankoop / Purchase: 1957
inventory number: 2426 (MK)