Night in Saint Cloud - Edward Munch. Oil on Canvas, 64.5 x 54 cm
In 1889, Edward Munch, having already managed to enjoy success after the first solo exhibition, was forced to leave Paris, where he had an internship - an epidemic of cholera broke out in the city. The artist leaves for St. Cloud, where he rents a floor above a cafe. Here he lives and works, admiring the amazing view of the Seine, which opened from his window. Then he created his sad lyrical canvas, "Night at St. Cloud."
The picture was a kind of response to the tragedy - in St. Cloud Munch overtook the news of the death of his father. It is believed that the picture depicts not the author himself, but his friend, the poet Emanuel Goldstein. Just at that time, Munch took part in the design of his collection, namely, he developed the design of vignettes. Samples of vignettes have now taken their place in the museum.
In the paintings we see a dark room, illuminated by the mean light of the moon, clinging through the window. Moonlight grabs a decanter, a spreading hanger, or a plant, a soft sofa with slippery upholstery. On the floor with a heavy shadow lies the outline of a window in transparent curtains. Having bowed his head, taking a hunched posture, a man in a high top hat sits on a sofa. We do not need to see closely and clearly to feel - the hero is overwhelmed by sad, disturbing thoughts. The viewer “spied” on the hero during the period of severe, emotional oppression. A humble-hunched pose, neatly folded hands on the knees, a motionless, frozen figure - it seems that the moon does not set the tone for the work, but this humble man whose feelings are brighter than the radiance of moonlight.
If you follow the diaries of the mental state of Munch himself, it becomes clear that not only the loss of a loved one oppressed him and brought torment. At this time, Munch solves creative problems for himself - whom he should write, what subjects to choose for the next work.