Munch's masterpiece represented in Moscow

E. Munch. Vampire. 1894. Oil on canvas

On October Sotheby’s auction house, on the threshold of November auctions Impressionist and Modern Art, held a large preauction exhibition of painting of impressionists and art of the 20th century. Auction top lots were represented on October, 2 and 3 in London, and then, in the middle of the month were delivered to Moscow. Among a series of masterpieces the visitors of the exhibition had an opportunity to see Edward Munch’s celebrated picture Love and Pain (1894) which is also well known as Vampire. The masterpiece by the great impressionist was in private collections for more than a hundred years and practically was not exhibited anywhere, except for the New York Metropolitan Museum.

One of the brightest and the most oppressive Munch’s images is the person clenched in the arms of vampire. Some biographers believe that the artist created his Love and Pain under the influence of bawdy house attendance. Others think that it was a result of depression which gripped the author after the death of his lovely sister.

After a year the painting was bought by one of admirers of Munch’s creativity, collector John Hanker. In 1934 he resold Vampire to a collector who is its present owner. Under his permission the work was exposed in the New York Metropolitan Museum for many times.

In October the picture will be exhibited in several largest museums of the world, and then, on November 3, it will be put up for the Sotheby’s evening Impressionist and Modern Art sales which is to be held in New York. Love and Pain is estimated at $35 000 000. It will become a top lot of auction and as it is expected – Edward Munch’s most expensive work. While the present auction record of the artist is $30 800 000 paid for the picture Girls on the Bridge at the Sotheby’s sales held in New York in May.

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