marie curie and edvard munch lived in paris at around the same time
munch was interested in new discoveries and went to visit
the curies’ research laboratory on rue lhomond in the fifth arrondissement
marie was alone there and showed the painter how she and pierre
wrestled with radium, and then gave him afternoon tea
in the lithograph munch sent her as a thank you present
the woman scientist sits among the equipment with her hand under her cheek
the angle of vision is oblique and in the bottom right hand corner you can see
the back of pierre’s neck as he sits at his desk writing in a book
marie curie looks into the light and has the same hairstyle as
edvard munch’s sister in the painting “death at the sickbed”
the picture has been lost—to dream it predicts the dreamer’s death
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