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Edvard Munch Biography

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Synopsis Painter Edvard Munch, born in 1863 in Löton, Norway, established a free-flowing, psychological-themed style all his own. His painting The Scream is one of the most recognizable works in the history of art. Later works were less intense, but his ensured his legacy earlier, darker paintings. As a testament to his importance, The Scream sold in 2012 for over $119 million, setting a new record. Biography Edvard Munch was born on December 12, 1863, in Löton, Norway, the second of five children. In 1864, Munch moved with his family to the city of Oslo, where his mother died four years later of tuberculosis. ...read more.


After returning to Oslo, Munch began working on new paintings, one of which was The Sick Child, which he would finish in 1886. In what would be 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. From 1889 (the year his father died) to 1892, he lived mainly in France, funded by state scholarships, 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, for which he created 22 works for a 1902 Berlin exhibition. ...read more.


In spring of 1909, he checked out, eager to get back to work, but as history would show, most of his great works were behind him. He moved to a country house in Ekely, Norway, where he began painting landscapes, living in isolation. He nearly died of influenza in the pandemic of 1918-1919 but recovered and survived until 1944. He painted right up to his death, often depicting his deteriorating condition and various physical maladies. In May 2012, Munch's The Scream went on the auction block and sold for more than $119 million at Sotheby's in New York, a record-breaking price, sealing its reputation as one of the most famous and important works of art ever produced ...read more.

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