Expressionism: Edvard Munch

“People’s souls are like planets. Like a star that rises from the darkness – and meets another star – only to disappear again into darkness – it is the same when a man and woman meet – drift apart – light up in love – burn up – and disappear each in their own direction…” Edvard Munch.

Munch’s childhood was traumatic, his father was almost fanatically religious and his mother and eldest sister died prematurely. The difficulties of his early years were to affect his character throughout his life.

In the 1890s Munch embarked on his ‘Frieze of Life’ which he described as “a poem of life, love and death”. Informed by his dark neuroses, with themes such as jealousy, sickness and sexual desire, his paintings make up an intense depiction of extreme psychological states. The most famous of his paintings is ‘The Scream’ (1895), a disturbing depiction of anxiety and melancholy.

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