Girls on the Bridge,

by Edvard Munch


Oil on canvas
136 x 125,5 cm
Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo


Of all the versions that the Norwegian Edvard Munch created of this real place in Oslo, this is perhaps the most dramatic; even though we don’t really know why at first sight.


As with other expressionist painters, Munch in Girls on the Bridge endeavours to create a dense and problematic atmosphere, to release the image from its descriptive function and free it to satisfy, first and foremost, the demands of the artist's self-expression.


Thus, the painting seems marked by an air of imminent drama. Shapes slip into sinuous groupings, isolated from each other, competing in a tense equilibrium, but with a sense of visual rhythm directly derived from Art Nouveau.