The Norwegian painter and graphic artist Edvard Munch is born in 1863 in Loten. He can be regarded as the pioneer of Expressionism in modern painting. Early on he studies the old masters and his early works are imbued with a realism inspired by French realism; quickly Munch's talent is revealed. The theme of the lost being’s loneliness in his anguish proves to be recurrent in his work. The importance of his work is now universally recognized. His creative period of the 1890s (including "The Cry" made in 1893, a work that symbolizes modern man swept away by an attack of existential angst) is regarded as the most important. He lives in Paris from 1889 to 1892, where he is most influenced by Impressionism, then obtains success in Berlin, causing the successful founding of the "Secession". Munch is introduced to printmaking: through this medium, while he evolves toward a high concentration of expressive forms. The theme of the "femme fatale", love, terror and death are more frequent, particularly in his prints. In 1908, Munch returns to Norway after a severe depression. He paints (and takes photography) self-portraits so pathetic always more and more expressive. Edvard Munch exerts a tremendous influence on artists of Die Brücke (Germany). The artist dies in 1944. He leaves about a thousand paintings, 4500 drawings and watercolors, and six sculptures to the city of Oslo, which built in his honor the Munch Museum in Toyen.
Two women on the shore 1969 Poster realized in lithographic technique (Mourlot, Paris), for the exhibition ?Edvard Munch. Lithographs - Etchings - Woodcuts? in Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1969. The poster reproduces a woodcut of the artist realized in 1898.