December 2, 1863 – January 23, 1944, he was a Norwegian painter. He is regarded as a Symbolist and a forerunner of expressionism. He focused on themes of fear, anxiety, melancholy, and death. He did not believe in heaven, or other Christian themes or doctrines, as far as I know.
My intention is to reintroduce you to an artist that I highly esteem. The challenge I suppose is to understand the issues that Munch discovers in his work. He clearly taps into the ‘angst’ of the modern man, and what he does perpetuates a mindset for our generation.
Obviously these paintings are just an introduction, and I understand that they are selective. I have refrained from any kind of interpretation, other than laying down a general principle– to Munch, color is everything.
Munch was probably not a cheery person. He essentially was driven by anxiety through his whole life. It seems that he could be very ambitious. His classic work was “The Scream” which he made several versions to sell. He used different mediums to do this– tempera, lithograph and pastel. Interestingly, “The Scream” is a favorite target for art thefts. It captures the minds of every modern thinker.
Within our culture, “The Scream” is iconic. Warhol, Gary Larson, Dr. Who and even “The Simpsons” have cashed in on a parody of it.
“I painted the picture, and in the colors the rhythm of the music quivers. I painted the colors I saw.”
“Painting picture by picture, I followed the impressions my eye took in at heightened moments. I painted only memories, adding nothing, no details that I did not see. Hence the simplicity of the paintings, their emptiness.”
“For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art.”
“Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle, and since then have followed me throughout my life.”
- Edvard Munch – The Modern Eye (annylanger.wordpress.com)
- Animated Version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream (neatorama.com)
- Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ to fetch $80 million at auction (telegraph.co.uk)
- Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” to Lead Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on May 2, 2012 in New York (elliottingotham.wordpress.com)
- Edvard Munch Art and Bio http://www.edvardmunch.info/