What makes a Munch?

Posted on: December 27th, 2011

Vienna’s Leopold Museum has been loaned a painting Two Children on the Beach by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. However, the work’s authorship has been questioned after scholars including Gerd Woll (a Norwegian collector who compiled a Munch catalogue raisonné in 2009) saw that the picture no longer had its label “attributed” to Munch. The owner, Håkon Mehren, removed the label as he believes there is no doubt of its authenticity. The situation, brings to mind the question: what evidence and how much of it makes a painting a work by Munch? Well, Mehren has dismissed the fact there is no documentation such as provenance or exhibition history connecting this painting to Munch and has instead relied singularly on technical analysis by the Doerner Institute in Munich.