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Edvard Munch earned his place in history with artwork influenced by his restless soul and the Norwegian nature. Meet the creator of the iconic masterpiece The Scream.
It’s been more than 125 years since Edvard Munch painted The Scream, but the pale human figure with the skull-shaped head and ovoid mouth still captivates people all over the world. The picture is an icon of modern art. It’s been named “the second most known picture in the art history”, after Mona Lisa. It even has its own emoji 😱.
Though The Scream might be better known than the artist himself, Munch is one of the most famous Norwegians of all time. The painter, who was born in Løten in 1863, was active for more than 60 years. Many of his works were influenced by existential themes such as anxiety, jealousy, and melancholy, which makes his art as relevant today as it was 125 years ago.
Munch didn’t only turn to his own tormented internal landscape for motifs. He was also inspired by the stunning scenery that surrounded him, and the places where he lived and resided are visible in his paintings.
Hence, you can easily follow in his footsteps and experience the places that triggered his creativity, from the idyllic coast of Åsgårdstrand and Kragerø to the bustling main street Karl Johans gate in Oslo.
Norway’s capital also hosts the largest collection of works by Munch. The Munch Museum is the most comprehensive one-man museum in the world and holds more than half of the artist’s paintings. In 2020, the present Munch Museum will be replaced by an ultra-modern 13-story tall Munch universe in Bjørvika with artwork from all the different stages of his career (including The Scream), several exhibition areas, and workshops.
From Norway’s history and traditions to art and artifacts – choose amongst a great selection of museums and galleries.
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