The Brooch (Eva Mudocci with a Brooch), 1903, lithograph on very thin Japan paper, The Munch Museum, Oslo.
Eva Mudocci (1872-1952), real name Evangeline Hope Muddock, was a British violinist and pianist. A child prodigy, she started to play music under the name Rose Lynton and changed it later to the Italian-sounding Eva Mudocci when she began to travel Europe.
In 1903 Moducci settled in Paris with her partner, the musician Bella Edwards. That very year she met Edvard Munch. Their affair continued on/off until 1909.
"He wanted to make a perfect portrait of me but each time he began on an oil painting he destroyed it, because he was not happy with it. He had more success with the lithographs, and the stones that he used were sent up to our room in the Sans Souci Hotel in Berlin accompanied by a note that said: "Here is the stone that fell from my heart." - Eva Moducci