Artist Edvard Munch

  • Year of birth: December 12, 1863
  • Date of death: January 23, 1944
  • A country: Norway


In 1863, in the family of Christian Munch, a Norwegian military doctor, the famous painter and art theorist was born. Edvard Munch. When the boy was 5 years old, his mother died of tuberculosis. A few years later, his fifteen-year-old sister, covered with the same disease, passed away. These events left an imprint on the artist's further work and his life in general.
At the age of 16, Edward was admitted to the High School with a technical direction, but soon he decided to change technical training to creative and transferred to the State Academy of Arts and Arts.
The first teacher in art was a sculptor, and a little later, he became a student of the now also famous painter Christian Krogh.
At the age of 23 years, Munch has a chance to visit the eighth Impressionist exhibition in Paris, which was the last. In the same period, Munch creates one of his most famous paintings, The Sick Girl. This work clearly reflected all the pain he had suffered in childhood.
In 1889, at the age of 26, Edward opened an exhibition of his personal works, after which he moved to Europe. The exhibition of the artist in Germany was closed ahead of time, as his work was strongly criticized. In Berlin, Edward finds the muse, which is the wife of his friend, the Polish writer Przybyszewski. Her image is reflected in the paintings "Madonna", "Kiss", "Jealousy", etc.
Summer of 1889 was no less important for the artist. This year, Munch rented a small house in Osgordstrand, but less than a year later Edward bought his own house. For 20 years, the artist visited his hearth every summer. From his words it becomes obvious that this was his favorite and the only place that filled him with strength and inspiration. Munch said that walking around Osgordstrand is the same thing as walking among your own paintings.
In the 1890s, Munch wrote a series of paintings about love and death. In 1893, the most famous painting of Edvard Munch - "The Scream" was born. This picture is an important event in expressionism.
In the 1900s, Edward was the victim of an unsuccessful affair with a young lady from a wealthy family that was without a crush on an artist. For 4 long years, the girl insisted on marrying that Munch. As a result, in order to warm up the feelings, friends made fun of the artist, saying that the girl died and showed the artist her body. This unsuccessful joke led to a conflict in which Munch injured his arm, which led to the amputation of a finger on his left hand. Since then, Munch's mental state has deteriorated. After several more quarrels, in 1908, he was placed in a psychiatric clinic with a diagnosis of mental disorder, where he spent more than 6 months.
After leaving the clinic, Munch changes his style to a rough and harsh manner: the strokes are large, the colors are bright.
When the artist was about 60 years old, he had a hemorrhage in his right eye, which extremely negatively affected his work.
The recognition of his work and fame began to comprehend Edvard Munch at the age of 70 years.
The artist died at the age of 80 in Norway, near Oslo.

Paintings by Edvard Munch

Girls on the bridge
Dance of life
Starlight Night
Sick girl
Anxiety, Edvard Munch
Evening on Karl Johan Street
Night in Saint Cloud
Eyes to eyes

Watch the video: Edvard Munch - Documentary (February 2020).