Edvard Munch-The Dark Colors
Professor B. Desplas
Art Appreciation 1000
April 21, 2013
Edvard spent most of his life, traveling, studying, working and exhibiting in France and Germany, he lived there until his death in 1944. He was active as a painter from the 1880s until shortly before his death, though the greater part of his oeuvre, and certainly the better known part, was produced before the early 1920s. During his lifetime of work, he made one of the most significant and enduring contributions to the development of Modernism in the twentieth century. In his themes and subject matter, in the manner in which he gave voice to these, and in his handling of paint and the graphic media, especially woodcut and lithography. Edavrd was profoundly original and extremist. He is one of the handful of artists who have shaped our understanding of humanity and transformed the ways in which it might be visually expressed. The Norwegian artists Edvard Munch was well known as the Father of Impressionism, born on December 12, 1863 to Christian Munch. Edvard Munch grew up in Norwegian’s Capital, Oslo: what was then known as Christiania. Munch was raised by his father and his aunt Karen. He lost his mother to the disease tuberculosis, and his older sister, Sophie, died of the diseases at age fifteen. A younger sister of Edvard was diagnose with a mental illness at an early age. Edvard Munch was also kept out of school due to his sickness, while out of school, he had a tutor or his classmates would tutor him to keep him up to date on his assignments. . He often kept occupied by drawing. History and literature was introduced by his father. Edvard father would entertain the children by the vivid ghost stories. Of the five siblings only one, Andreas, ever married only to die a few months later after the wedding. The talent Edvard presented in his early paintings was evident that he would be successful. But, the traumatic events that disturbed Edvard’s youth had a deeper impact on his artistic vision than any other artist could have. Edvard’s illnesses and the vivid ghost stories helped inspire macabre visions and night mares on Edvard, which he felt death constantly surrounding him. His childhood home was socially stimulating, but in his art Munch turned again and again to the memory of illness, death and grief. (Dorfman, L.) Later, at the age of 17, Munch Studied at a Technical school, Edvard became dedicated to art. Edvard was tutored by Christian Krohg, who was quite famous in Norway. Prior to Edvard's formal art studies, he drew both himself and his family. He began producing selfportraits in his late teens. A noticeable aspect concerning his selfportraits is that none of them show him smiling. In fact, in many, his mouth is turned downward, his shoulders sag, and in a number of paintings he produced furrows in his forehead, a description of grief muscles. Edvard's early art work (180085) fell into the category of Naturalism both because of its subject matter, which was often a critical commentary on society, and its practical style. He broke from this school when he was 22 years old and produced what is considered his first major The Sick Child. The picture recalls a scene that occurred in reality when his sister Sophie was dying of tuberculosis. It wasn't initially appreciated by critics; it
sister Sophie was dying of tuberculosis. It wasn't initially appreciated by critics; it remains one of his most important works, along with "The Day After" and "Puberty", two other paintings from the same period. Edvard painted this picture six times during the course of his life and wrote that he experienced grief in its fullest sense in the reworking of this memory of his dying sister. In the period that followed (1890's), Munch developed his unique expressionistic style and produced a large group of paintings that dealt with his feelings and childhood memories. His themes were love, loss of love, grief,...
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