Edvard Munch was born in 1863, in Norway. When he was only 5 years old his mother died because of tuberculosis. That was only the beginning of a series of tragedies in Munch’s life. At the age of 15, his sister died because of tuberculosis too. His other sister spent most of her life in institutionalized for mental illness, and his one brother died of pneumonia at age 30.
Munch became interest in art in 1881. He enrolled at the Royal School of Art and Design. The next year, he rented a studio with six other artists and entered his first show, at the Industries and Art Exhibition. The sick child is the painting that is seen as the first work to represent Munch’s break from the realist style, the painting symbolically captures intense emotion on the canvas—that surrounding the death of his sister some eight years before. Its currently located at the National Gallery, Oslo, Norway.
In 1889, Munch’s father died. During that time he live in France, embarking on the most productive, and troubled, period of his artistic life. It was at this stage that he undertook a series of paintings that he called the Frieze of Life, where he created 22 works for a 1902 Berlin exhibition. Some of those 22 paintings were Melancholy, Jealousy, Despair, Anxiety and The Scream. The scream, painted in 1893, would go on to become one of the most famous paintings ever produced. It is currently located at the National Gallery, Oslo, Norway. It was painted with Oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard. Munch’s mental state was on full display, and his style varied greatly depending on which emotion had taken hold of him while working on each particular painting.
Edvard Munch used expressionism in most of his paintings. Another example of his most well known work is The Dead Mother he used oils on canvas. Its located in Kunsthalle, Bremen. It expresses his anxiety and sadness and the loss of his mother.
Success was not enough to tame Munch’s inner demons for long, and as the...
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