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EDVARD MUNCH (1863-1944)
Theatre Programme: John Gabriel Borkman
lithograph with letterpress text, on wove paper, 1897, published with the periodical L'Art et la Scène, Paris

Image 210 x 320 mm.
Sheet 278 x 380 mm.


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Provenance
Dr. Heinrich Becker (1881-1972), Bielefeld; acquired in Paris in the summer of 1934 (according to a letter from Becker to Edvard Munch dated 9 December 1934 [Munchmuseet MM K 3694]); then by descent to the present owners.
Literature
Schiefler 171; Woll 108
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This theatre programme was issued as a folded insert to the magazine L'Art et la Scène to advertise Henrik Ibsen's play John Gabriel Borkman at the Théâtre de l'Oeuvre in Paris, where it was performed in 1897. Only very few examples of this ephemeral print have survived in good condition.

A year earlier, Munch had designed the programme for Peer Gynt (Woll 82), another of Ibsen's plays, at the same theatre, starring Jane Avril and Alfred Jarry, of which Heinrich Becker also owned an impression.

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