Exploring the Multifaceted Artistry and Influence of Edvard Munch

I have become very interested in the works of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (pronounced Munk) who lived from 1863 to 1944. As well as being a brilliant painter, he was a print maker, using all printing techniques and a stage set designer. Famous for “The Scream”, he was prolific and a very public figure in Norway.

He was interested in many subjects and had the courage to study subjects which others shied away from, like mental illness. His portraiture, for which he was first famous, started with indoor work and moved to much freer settings as he became more mature and he was the originator of the idea of The Frieze, now taken up in exhibitions. Not just a visual artist, he was an accomplished author whose friend and mentor was the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevski.

Please take the time to learn about Munch – it is well worth the effort.