Tulla Larsen /Mathilde Munch/ is the story of a life in the shadow of another. A story about love, but also about history and who owns the rights to it.
Tulla Larsen /Mathilde Munch/ is a biographical novel about Mathilde Larsen. Mathilde/Tulla was a model for Edvard Munch when she was 29 years old, and later became his girlfriend. With her characteristic red hair, she is easy to recognize in many of Munchs paintings. Their relationship was turbulent, and ended with the famous «shooting in Åsgårdstrand».
In this novel Tulla is the center of attention. Her relationship to Munch has affected her reputation in her own time, but also posthumously. Several of the famous scenes from their relationship has only ever been shown from Munchs point of view, but in this novel it is Tullas perspective that matters. Not only on her relationship to Munch, but on her hole life – and on her other relationships, to the painter Arne Kavli and the shipbroker Hans Blehr.
This novel asks the question: What can one do when one is forced to act as the supporting actor in another persons life? And when one becomes a part of the history of another person?
The book is extensively illustrated with paintings and pictures, by Tullas different men, by others in the time, and by Tulla herself – A big part of her etchings are shown in the book. A lot of them shown for the first time ever.
Lene Therese Teigen brings Tulla Larsen out of Edvard Munchs shadow with an original novel project. (...) In a way it is not only Tulla Larsen that gets rehabilitated, but all women like her, all equal destinies. (...) as a perspective, a way of orienting in both history and contemporary society.»