“The Dance of Life” by Edvard Munch
This is another very popular and very different Munch painting. Gone is the warm palette and simple charm of yesterdays passed out prostitute. This, in your face, seashore zombie dance allegory, pretty much sums up how I feel about dancing, but I don’t think that’s why it is popular. As a piece of expressionist art, it certainly expresses something and that something is very dark and maybe even sick. Yet, I like it, from a distance. The red dress and streak of moonlight on the water make for a compelling composition. And again, Munch leaves nothing on his palette as he tells it like it is. It certainly is “thought provoking”, but in a deeply disturbing way. In my opinion, a little heavy handed, not gently nuanced as in a GNAY. The National Museum in Oslo sees it his way.