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A self-portrait of Edvard Munch who's standing whilst holding a cigarette
"Self-Portrait with Cigarette", Edvard Munch (1895).
Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Børre Høstland
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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.

Experience Munch up close

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. The collection includes famous works like The Scream, Madonna, The Dance of Life, Puberty, and The Sick Child. In 2021, the former Munch Museum is replaced by an ultra-modern 13-story tall Munch universe in Bjørvika in Oslo with artwork from all different stages of his career, several exhibition areas, and workshops.

The National Museum in Oslo also contains several of Munch’s most significant artworks, like the earliest versions of The Scream, The Girls on the Bridge, The Brooch, and Melancholy. The museum is temporarily closed, and its Munch collection will be moved to the site of the brand new National Museum that will open in 2022.

You can also experience more of Munch’s art on a guided tour in Oslo City Hall, and in the nearby University Aula that is open during concerts and other events. Munch’s atelier at Ekely outside Oslo city centre is part of the Munch Museum and is open during summer. From the Munch Spot in the public park of Ekeberg, you get the same view over Oslo as Munch had when he got the idea of the motif for The Scream, and Ekeberg also offers a vast open-air sculpture park. In the Oslo area of Tøyen, you can experience street art. Also for free, you can visit Munch’s grave with a bust of the artist, centrally located at the cemetery of Vår frelsers gravlund.

In Norway’s second largest city, Bergen, Kode Art Museums exhibits one of the world’s major Munch collections with works like Jealousy, The Woman in Three Stages, and Evening on Karl Johan.

Explore Munch’s artworks
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