The Kiss. 1892.
The Vampire, oil on canvas, was painted in 1893-94
Edvard Munch. Eye in Eye. 1894. Oil on canvas. 136 x 110 cm. Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway.
Edvard Munch. Moonlight. 1895. Oil on canvas. 93 x 110 cm. Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, Norway.
Towards the Forest II, 1915
Seperation (1893) Oil on canvas. Munch-Museum, Oslo, Norway.
/Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and printmaker. His life and art were marked by the deaths of both parents, his brother, and his sister during his childhood, and the mental illness of another sister. He received little formal training, but the encouragement of a circle of artists in Christiania (now Oslo) and exposure to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism helped him develop a highly original style. It was principally through his work of the 1890s, a series of paintings on love and death in which he gave form to mysterious and dangerous psychic forces, that he made crucial contributions to modern art. The Scream (1893), his most famous work, is often seen as a symbol of modern humanity’s spiritual anguish. His etchings, lithographs, drypoints, and woodcuts closely resemble his paintings in style and subject matter. After a nervous breakdown in 1908 – 09, therapy lent his work a more positive, extroverted tone, but his art never recovered its former intensity. His work influenced the proponents of German Expressionism./
“A work of art can only come from the interior of man. Art is the form of the image formed upon the nerves, heart, brain and eye of man.”
“I was walking along the road with two friends. The sun set. I felt a tinge of melancholy. Suddenly the sky became a bloody red. I stopped, leaned against the railing, dead tired. And I looked at the flaming clouds that hung like blood and a sword over the blue-black fjord and city. My friends walked on. I stood there, trembling with fright. And I felt a loud, unending scream piercing nature.”
“Certainly a chair can be just as interesting as a human being. But first the chair must be perceived by a human being. In one way or another it must have affected him emotionally, and the viewer must be made to feel the same way. You should not paint the chair, but only what someone has felt about it.”
“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. Without anxiety and illness I should have been like a ship without a rudder.”
“From the moment of my birth, the angels of anxiety, worry, and death stood at my side, followed me out when I played, followed me in the sun of springtime and in the glories of summer. They stood at my side in the evening when I closed my eyes, and intimidated me with death, hell, and eternal damnation. “
“Nature is not all that is visible to the eye…it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.”
“I painted the picture and in the colors the rhythm of the music quivers. I painted the colors I saw.”
“No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love.”