Munch & Expressionism

Edvard Munch, Bathing Man, 1918, oil on canvas (The National Museum of Art, Arch
Edvard Munch, Bathing Man, 1918, oil on canvas (The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo)

Mario Naves reviews reviews Munch and Expressionism at the Neue Galerie, New York, on view through June 13, 2016.

Naves writes that the show "makes no bones about mixing-and-matching the recalcitrant master with his progeny... Munch’s art is placed alongside that of Die Brücke, as well as pictures by Egon Schiele, Gabriel Munter, Oskar Kokoschka, and the uncategorizable Max Beckmann. The inevitable comparisons aren’t revelatory—at least, for those conversant with the by-ways of twentieth century art—but they are satisfyingly predictable. Nor do they always favor Munch... Truth be told, Munch remained very much a nineteenth-century painter until the end of his life. An inherent parochialism both powered his vision and prevented a full reckoning with Modernism."