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Interesting Facts About Edvard Munch

  • Edvard Munch was born in 1863 in Adalsbruk, Norway.
  • Edvard’s mother died of tuberculosis in 1868. He was raised by his Aunt Karen and his father.
  • Munch experimented with Impressionism, Naturalism, and even a series of nudes. But Standing Nude is the only painting of this latter series that escaped his father’s wrath.
  • He created “Frieze of Life”, a series of 22 paintings exhibited at the Berlin Secession. The pieces, when viewed in sequence, tell a love story about a man and a woman, from its first bloom to its withering death.
  • He experimented with lithographs and woodcuts to create graphic prints. He used the wood’s grain and overlaid various media to create a unique style.
  • There are four versions of “The Scream.”
  • He created two versions in tempera and the other two in pastels. Both painted versions were stolen and recovered, one with minimal moisture damage.
  • One of the pastel versions, the most colorful of the set, sold for approximately $120,000,000 at a London auction. It is the only work wherein one of the background figures looks down over the railing.
  • The movie Scream, was inspired by The Scream.

The Scream, 1893 by Edvard Munch

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Edvard Munch, “The Dance of Life,” 1925.

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‘The Day After’ by Edvard Munch

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The Scream – 4 Versions (1893, 1893, 1895, 1910)

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