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28/03/03 English Literature: The Scream James Hare
The Scream: A Description and Interpretation
"Disease, insanity and death were the angels which attended my cradle, and since then have followed me throughout my life."
Norwegian artist Edvard Munch painted The Scream in 1893. It was during the time of the Industrial Revolution, when Western Europe was experiencing great social change in its urbanisation and industrialisation. Throughout the nineteenth century, Norway had become a highly religious country with the Protestant 'awakening' and was oppressive in its expectations of strict, puritanical behaviour. Born on the December 12th 1863 in Löten, Norway, he grew up in Oslo (formerly Kristiania) and was well educated in The School of Art and Design in Kristiania, where he studied art for two years. His father, Christian Munch, was a deeply religious military doctor. Edvard's mother died when he was five years old from tuberculosis. When he was fifteen, his eldest sister Sophie died of the same disease and Edvard himself was often ill. A younger sibling was also diagnosed with a mental illness at a young age. Because of these tragic influences, much of his art was related to illness, death and
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