In works 40 years apart, both titled Between the Clock and the Bed, two great artists handled humanity’s twin concerns

This article titled “Strange bedfellows: how Edvard Munch and Jasper Johns painted sex and death” was written by Maev Kennedy, for theguardian.com on Friday 24th June 2016 15.26 UTC

An exhibition opening at the Munch Museum in Oslo this month, and at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the US in November, finally answers the question John B Ravenal was asked many times over in the years he worked as a curator.

What was the connection between two artists as apparently different as Edvard Munch and Jasper Johns – the creator of The Scream, and the pioneer of abstract expressionism – and why had they given almost the same title to paintings separated by 40 years?

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