Masterpieces on the Move: Untitled

Edvard Munch often used several different titles for his pictures, and audiences usually think of the titles as a key to understanding the artworks. However, few are aware that many of Munch's titles were not chosen by the artist himself. Some of the titles came about more or less by coincidence, while others were chosen carefully.

One example is Vampire, which Munch originally titled Love and Pain. When his friend, the Polish author Stanislaw Przybyszewski, called the picture Vampire in a text, Munch started using this title instead. Munch's original title and Przybyszewski's later suggestion might actually help us perceive the motif in radically different ways.