Jeg sitter i det eneste hyggelige huset jeg har boet i – i Åsgårdstrand


Sunny Day in Åsgårdstrand, 1890 (c) Munch-museet/Munch-Ellingsen BONO 2013

Sunny Day in Åsgårdstrand, 1890 (c) Munch-museet/Munch-Ellingsen BONO 2013

In the summer of 1889, Munch begins his lifelong relationship with Åsgårdstrand. Pola Gaugin wrote: “It was in the summer of 1889 that Munch settled down for the first time in Åsgårdstrand, that little patch of Norwegian land that would become so important to him in so many ways. One could say that once he arrived in Åsgårdstrand, the landscape became a living component of his art, along with summer and the sun. There is more depth to his colours …”

The family rents Thorine’s house, now Edvard Munchsgate 33. Munch writes to his Aunt Karen: “I haven‘t managed to find a place like the one we spoke of – but I have, however, rented a house – a delightful house right by the sea, a short distance from Åsgårdstrand itself, secluded and with a garden. The price is 70 kroner for the summer, and it has 3 exceptionally nice rooms. It is a terribly pleasant and beautiful place, and the air down here is lovely.

A series of paintings shows how Munch begins to explore the shoreline, which would practically become his Åsgårdstrand trademark over the next few years. Munch’s sister, Inger, is the model for such paintings as “Inger on the beach” and “Evening Talk.
Munch spends time with other artists, including Hans Heyerdahl and Sigurd Bødtker, as well as Christian and Oda Krogh. Munch is godfather to the Kroghs’ son, Per, baptised in Borre church.
Over the years Munch rents lodgings in various boarding houses before purchasing his first property in 1898. Today this property is known as Munch’s house.


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