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The Green Room The Green Room is the name Munch gave to a series of eight or so works painted in the later part of 1906 and in 1907 They are Weeping Girl Zum Sussen Madel Desire Hatred Jealousy Consolation Cupid and Psyche and The Murderess motifs The series is a cheerless combination of the Love Anxiety and Death motifs in The Frieze of Life there is none of the rejoicing of love found in Eye in Eye or The Dance of Life nor is there the acceptance that the pain of love is part of the cycle of nature as presented in Jealousy or Woman in Three Stages Rather each painting has a bleak bitter view of love presenting it in combination with anxiety and death as a heartless savage and brutal commodity The series can be seen as the artistic result of Munchs personal decline Since the Berlin Secession in 1902 Munchs abuse of alcohol had risen considerably which had severely affected his nerves Increasingly critics had been praising his work and he was being invited to exhibit all over Europe often alongside Czanne and Matisse and other great masters of the time With this artistic success came celebrity eyes were always on Munch When in 1904 he attacked author Andreas Haukland in a restaurant as revenge for a drunken confrontation the night before it was widely reported throughout Scandinavia and in France and Germany Similarly when the friendship with his pupil Ludwig Karsten came to an abrupt end as a result of Munch making indecent advances to a woman actions again fuelled by alcohol it made the European press Critics and the public had finally begun to respond positively to his work and this response was undoubtedly helped by scandalous press reports but the attention cannot have helped Munchs frail wellbeing Despite his works growing popularity Munchs financial state was dire He made economically nave decisions signing contracts with art dealers
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