Frederick Delius

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Frederick Delius

by Edvard Munch
lithograph, circa 1922
14 7/8 in. x 19 1/2 in. (378 mm x 495 mm)
Purchased, 1981
Primary Collection
NPG 5415

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  • Edvard Munch (1863-1944), Artist. Artist or producer of 1 portrait.

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In this briskly executed lithographic sketch, the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch portrays Delius at an outdoor concert in Wiesbaden. The pair became lifelong friends after meeting in Paris in the early 1890s.

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  • Place made: Germany (Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany)

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The British Broadcasting Company (later British Broadcasting Corporation) is established to experiment with radio broadcasting. It is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, providing radio, television and Internet services to the public in Britain and across the world.

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1922 is a key year for modernist literature with the publication of James Joyce's novel, Ulysses and T.S. Eliot's poem, The Waste Land. Both broke new ground with Ulysses (loosely based on Homer's Odyssey) introducing the 'stream of consciousness' narrative technique, and The Waste Land experimenting with multiple voices and a patchwork of literary, historic, mythological and personal allusions.


The Soviet Union is formed under Joseph Stalin who takes power after Lenin suffers a debilitating stroke.
In an attempt to avoid civil war, King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy invites Benito Mussolini to form a new government following the Fascist Party's March on Rome.

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