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Edvard Munch Essay

700 words - 3 pages

Where and when was Edvard Much born?
Edvard Munch was born in Loten, Norway on Dec. 12, 1863.
Life Line
Edvard Munch, born in Loten Norway on Dec. 12, 1863 and died Jan. 23, 1944, is the second children of five. Growing up in Christiania, what is now Oslo, Munch lost his mother at the young age of four. After that, a series of horrible events happened in his life, which consisted of the lost his sister, at age of 15, who had tuberculosis just like with his mother, another sister who got mentally ill and a brother who died (when he was only 30) with a disease known as pneumonia. In 1880, Munch finally started his art career, receiving scholarships to live in France. Due to alcoholism and depression, Munch suffered from an anxiety attack. After being recovered, Munch continues to paint until his death.
What Characteristics or techniques is Munch know for? How Munch made his art.
Most of Munch’s works are related to themes of sickness, isolation, fear and death due to ...view middle of the document...

Munch created The Scream, with theme that reflected the Modern artist’s fascination with the dark side of the human soul. Two painted versions of The Scream were created, one created on a cardboard surface, using tempera, oil paints, and pastels together resided in the Norwegian National Gallery, and the other- done only with tempera on cardboard- resided at the Munch Museum in Oslo. Munch also produced a pastel and a lithograph in the same series.
What were the significant changes in the artist’s life or painting style? Explain the changes.
In the earlier paintings, Munch expressed related themes of sickness, isolation, fear and death because of the chain of events-from his mother’s death to the death of his siblings- that happened. As time passed, his arts incorporated more colors and expressed less sorrow after receiving treatments with Dr. Jacobson.
List the titles of three of the artist’s works, include printouts of the images.

The Scream (1893) Madonna (1895) The Sick Child (1885)
Which is your favorite artwork and why?
Of all the paintings Munch created, I am most fond of Munch’s “The Scream” not because it was and is one of his most famous painting, but simply because when I looked at it, it was able to deliver a wide range of emotions to me. After looking at the painting, I was able to sympathize for him.
Explain one fact or characteristic of Munch that you find most fascinating.
What I found most fascinating about Munch was his reluctance to give up even though he had gone through so many misfortunate events. Munch, as a teenager, had every reason to give up and hate life every day, but instead devoted himself to art and expressed himself through it. One thing that also stirred up my curiosity was the way he painted. How Munch incorporated melancholy themes into his art pieces and blended it with the colors he chose was amazing.
Quotes
- “From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.”
- “Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.”
- “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.”
- “Sickness, insanity and death were the angels that surrounded my cradle and they have followed me throughout my life.”

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