Edvard Munch

1863-1944 Norway Symbolism/Expressionism

 

Brief Biography-Edvard Munch Was a Norwegian Symbolist painter. The loss of his mother and sister due to tuberculosis when he was a child had a profound effect on his works, the sick room stayed forever in his mind. His aunt Karen who looked after the family was an amateur artist and taught Edvard to draw. In 1881 he joined the State school of Arts and Crafts. In his early years Edvard was under a great deal of pressure from his father who was deeply religious and critical of Edvard's works, as were some of the local communities. However, he eventually received a scholarship to study in Paris where he was greatly influenced by a variety of French artists. He subsequently went to Germany where his fortunes improved somewhat due to an uproar about his work at an exhibition in Berlin, it brought him the attention he needed. Nevertheless, he was not a happy man, he suffered from depression for a number of reasons. One reason was the shooting off of one of his fingers by a lady friend named Tulla Larson when they split up. He had a serious nervous breakdown in 1908 and was admitted to a Clinic for a long spell after which he settled down in Norway. He led an isolated life and later his sight failed him, preventing him from painting. When he died in 1944 his collection was left to Oslo city. In 1963 his works were displayed in the newly built Munch Museum in Oslo where thousands of his paintings are displayed to this day.

 

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alma
mater

alma mater


anxiety

anxiety

at the
coffee table

at the coffee table

the
scream

the scream

at the roulette table
in monte carlo

at the roulette table in monte carlo

consul christen
sandberg

consul christen sandberg

brothel
scene

brothel scene

death in the
sickroom

death in the sickroom

evening
melancholy one

evening melancholy one

four girls in
asgardstrand

four girls in asgardstrand

galloping
horse

galloping horse


history

history


inheritance

inheritance


jealousy

jealousy

kiss
four

kiss four

melancholy
one

melancholy one


metabolism

metabolism

melancholy
two

melancholy two

moonlight
on the shore

moonlight on the shore


madonna

on the
sofa

on the sofa

red and
white

red and white

self
portrait

self portrait

self portrait with
a bottle of wine

self portrait with a bottle of wine


separation

separation

starry
night

starry night

shore with
red house

shore with red house

the
kiss

the kiss

the
murderer

the murderer

the seine
at saint cloud

the seine at saint cloud

the
murderess

the murderess

the voice
summer night

the voice summer night

the
sun

the sun

the yellow
log

the yellow log

train
smoke

train smoke


vampire

vampire


weeping

weeping

a starry
night

a starry night

aase and harald
norregaard

aase and harald norregaard


ashes

ashes

august
strindberg

august strindberg

aunt karen in the
rocking chair

aunt karen in the rocking chair

building
the winter studio

building the winter studio

by the
deathbed fever

by the deathbed fever

children
in the street

children in the street

by the
deathbed

by the deathbed

christmas
in the brothel

christmas in the brothel

dagny juel
przybyszewska

dagny juel przybyszewska

dance
of life

dance of life

death in the
sickroom 2

death in the sickroom two

death
of marat

death of marat


despair

despair

evening on
karl johan

evening on karl johan

eye in
eye

eye in eye


fertility

fertility


forest

forest

four ages
in life

four ages in life

friedrich
nietzsche

friedrich nietzsche

from
thuringewald

from thuringewald

girl kindling
a stove

girl kindling a stove

girl
yawning

girl yawning

girls on
a bridge

girls on a bridge


golgotha

golgotha

harry graf
kessler

harry graf kessler

head of
a dog

head of a dog

high
summer two

high summer two

horse
team

horse team

inger
munch

inger munch