A Painter's Visions of a Playwright
Templeton studies the illustrations as readings of Ibsen's plays and as examples of some of Munch's best work in various media: the witty, tender drawings of Peer Gynt; the eloquent oil sketches of Ghosts; the powerful woodcuts of The Pretenders; the sumptuous oil paintings of John Gabriel Borkman. She shows how some of the strongest of the illustrations result from Munch's accommodation of his own symbolic structures to Ibsen's text. She also demonstrates how Munch sometimes refigured Ibsen's texts to fit his own experiences and convictions in a process of reification that is as interesting as his fidelity. She offers a detailed analysis of Munch's famous portraits of Ibsen and a historical and analytical account of Munch's work on the Ibsen stage productions through which he painted himself into theatrical history.
Munch's Ibsen will appeal to students of modern literature and art, art history, the history of the modern theatre, Scandinavian art and culture, and interdisciplinary approaches to the humanities.
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"Joan Templeton's much-anticipated book does not disappoint. Concisely written, cogently argued, richly illustrated, and beautifully designed . . . it should be read by anyone interested in Ibsen, Munch, modern drama, comparative literature, and modern Scandinavian studies. . . . Templeton's important study with its many brilliant insights and superb illustrations will undoubtedly serve as a catalyst for future scholarship."—Clarence Burton Sheffield, Jr., Scandinavian Studies
"Templeton's understanding of Ibsen's texts and her ability to recognize Munch's visual renderings of similar themes is convincing and well argued."—Gerd Woll, Munch Museum, Oslo
"Munch's Ibsen is a pioneering study, an important book that will enrich the intellectual life of both my students at this university and my colleagues throughout the world."—Jan Sjavik, University of Washington
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