Norwegian expressionist painter Edvard Munch, who lived between 1863 and 1944, is known for his paintings dealing with spiritual and emotional subjects.
In The Scream (First Name Despair), which is a part of the Frieze of Life series and made her famous, Munch handled elements such as life, love, fear, death and melancholy. As with many of his other works, he made many versions of it.
Munch, who made important contributions to the development of the German expressionism movement, replaced the introverted and pessimistic mood that was dominant in his paintings at the beginning, and the joy of living towards the last years of his life.
After studying engineering, Munch soon turned to the arts. In 1880, Munch began studying art and joined realist painters (a school of painters who tried to portray their subjects as realistically as possible) and writers of the Kristiania Bohemian (fashionable and unconventional) circle.
Edvard Munch Painting Technique, Style
Munch's paintings of the 1880s were dominated by a desire to use the artistic vocabulary of realism to create subjective content or content open to audience interpretation.
Munch, the writer Hans Jaeger, who sought to establish an ideal society based on materialistic atheism (not believing in material wealth) and free love, strongly influenced his ideas during this period. Jaeger's desperate love affair with the wife of Christian Krohg, leader of the bohemian painters, and Munch's own brief affairs, intensified the bond he saw between women, love and death. After studying briefly at an art school in Paris, he began exploring the possibilities offered by the French post-impressionists, a movement that sought to push impressionism beyond its limits. However, his father's death in 1889 caused a major mental crisis and he soon rejected Jaeger's philosophy.
In 1892, the Berlin Artists Union, an official body composed mainly of German academic artists, invited Munch to exhibit in Berlin, Germany. His paintings caused a major scandal in Germany's art capital, and the exhibition was closed. In 1894 he began making prints (easily copied artworks) to bring his work to a wider audience.
Munch was admitted to a hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, after a nervous breakdown in 1908. He returned to Norway in 1909 to lead an isolated life. He sought new artistic motifs in the Norwegian landscape and in the activities of farmers and workers. A more optimistic outlook on life replaced his anxieties, and this new outlook on life reached monumental expression in the murals of Oslo University Aula (1911–1914).
During the years of the First World War, Munch returned to his earlier motifs of love and death. Symbolic paintings and prints appeared alongside his works of stylized landscape and nude in the 1920s. He began painting plays by Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906), a major project that was never completed.
Munch's work passed in peace and privacy in the following years. Although his works were banned in Nazi Germany, most of them were made during World War II. It has continued to exist since World War II.
Edvard Munch Famous Paintings, Works
Munch, who died at the age of 80, is back; Melancholy (1891), The Scream (1893), Madonna (1894), Dance of Life (1900), Sick Boy (1907), The Sun (1911), Workers on the Way Home (1914), Winter Night, Ekely (1931) and many more left a legacy.
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