Self-Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed
Genre: Oil on canvas
- Bertman, Sandra
- Date of entry: Jul-27-2006
- Last revised: Aug-23-2006
A figure stands left of center, erect and facing forward in a room. He is, as described by the painting's title, standing between the tall grandfather clock and the bed. Vibrantly colored and painted with a tumultuous energy, this image does not immediately connote Munch's typical themes of death and sickness. Yet his hands hang limply by his side, and the clock (sans hands or numerals) and bed can be understood symbolically, not only as a statement of the relationship between time and sleep, but also as to where Munch sees himself in his artistic career. (He appears to be stepping forward into the room, no longer concerned with time, "impassively awaiting death" (Loshak, p. 106).
Loshak, David. Munch. (New York: Mallard Press) 1990, pp. 106-107. (color)