This Small Minnesota College Thinks It Owns a Munch—and New Evidence Backs It Up. But Oslo’s Munch Museum Is Keeping Mum
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This Small Minnesota College Thinks It Owns a Munch—and New Evidence Backs It Up. But Oslo’s Munch Museum Is Keeping Mum

Adam Finnefrock of Scientific Analysis of Fine Art and Flaten Art Museum director Jane Becker Nelson with Portrait of Eva Mudocci attributed to Edvard Munch. Photo by Will Cipos for the Flaten Museum of Art at St. Olaf’s College. An unfinished portrait donated to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1999 could be a long lost painting by the great Norwegian artist Edvard Munch . A recent study of the painting’s provenance and a scientific analysis of the materials used give credence to the attribution. But now it’s up to the Munch Museum in Oslo to have the final say—and they’re not talking. A spokesperson for the institution told the Wall Street Journal that museum staff are too busy preparing for a move into a new building to provide authentication services. The painting, believed to be a portrait of violinist Eva Mudocci, was among more than 2,000 works donated to St. Olaf’s Flaten Art Museum by Richard Tetlie, a 1943 graduate of the college. Munch was romantically involved with Mudocci for a brief period beginning in 1903 did three known lithographic portraits of her. But the two split abruptly, which could explain why the painting is unfinished. There […]

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