About the original:
Here, the forms are abstract and have undulating contours, while the fence and the house form rhythmically patterned, rectangular shapes. Against the flat and frontal pictorial elements, the woman's shadow and the section with the fence and the wall form a spatial element in the composition. But the pictorial is not in itself the primary thing; the condensed, suggestive atmosphere tells of loneliness, longing and anxiety.
Munch painted this picture in the summer of 1893 in Åsgårdstrand, where he also executed A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Voice (in the Munch Museum), which has a related theme. Three years later he repeated the motif in a woodcut (see p. 49).
The painting was purchased for the National Gallery in 1938 for Olaf Schou's gift with a contribution from Marit Nørregaard.
Text: Sidsel Helliesen
From "Edvard Munch in the National Museum", The National Museum 2008, ISBN 978-82-8154-034-7
Other titles: Moonlight (ENG)
Material and technique: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 140.5 x 137 cm
Subject: Visual arts
Classification: 532 - Visual arts
Acquisition: Bought for Olaf Schou's gift with a contribution from Marit Nørregaard 1938
Inventory no.: NG.M.01914