Edvard Munch

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Artist: Edvard Munch

Background: Edvard Munch (born on 12 December 1863) was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century. Wanted to achieve his goal written in his diary which was “In my art I attempt to explain life and its meaning to myself.” 

Renowned Work: The Scream. The Scream is the popular name given to each of four versions of a composition, created as both paintings and pastels. It shows an agonized man screaming with the background being a wavy red. Munch made four versions of it using different colours but the paintings themselves remain unchanged. The inspiration of the work came when Munch was walking along a path before he felt tired and stopped to look over the fjord. The sun was setting and because of it the clouds turned a blood red. After which he heard a scream passing through nature and hence painted the painting with that as inspiration an entitled it ‘The Scream.’

Probable initial painting of "The Scream" made with Pastel on 1893. Currently located at Munch Museum, Oslo.

"The Scream" translated in Lithograph by Munch on 1895.

Version that was executed in Pastel on a cardboard in 1895. Was sold for over US$120 million in 2012.

Version executed in 1910 in Tempera on Cardboard in 1910. Was stolen from Munch Museum in 2004 and recovered two years later in 2006.

*Images taken from Wikipedia.

Why I like the artist: I like the way he conceives things and how it goes into his work, For example when he first thought about The Scream he heard someone shrieking and connected it to how the sky seemed blood red. The description along with his text made me realize what Munch was thinking of at the time.