With Oslo as a starting point, there are several historical places to visit to get a glimpse of Munch's life and work.
Text: Morten Andre Samdal
After having digested The Scream at the National Gallery, seen the impressive collection of Munch's works at the Munch Museum in Tøyen and seen his homeplace and studio at Ekely, perhaps it´s time to gaze out of the capital?
Munch, famously, was a restless soul. The peace of mind that he never found in the big city, he sought by going out to the idyllic archipelagos of the Oslofjord and stately mansions on the countryside.
About an hours journey from the city centre we find Åsgårdstrand. A beautiful little town situated between Horten and Tønsberg, where one can find many local galleries and craft stores.
From the mid-1880s Munch spent several summers here. A turbulent love affair led to a number of paintings – such as Melancholy, Two People, The Voice, Separation and one of his most famous works, Girls On Bridge.
He bought himself a separate house here, which since 1947 has served as a museum and is open to the public even today. There are also guided walks in the summer, providing a unique insight into the life that Munch lived here.
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