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Today in History (1944): Impressionist Painter Edvard Munch Dies

This master of the arts summoned great emotions to be his muse when he created his greatest works. Edvard Munch became one of the most revered names in art with his most famous painting, “The Scream.” Read more about his life and works after the cut.

A quick look at Edvard Munch’s works and you’ll see the emotional process that was poured into them. The swirling lines of paint, the melancholy backdrop of the subjects and the blank, often sad expression on the faces of his subjects all point out a sad musing. Edvard Munch’s life was characterized by personal tragedies that he kept to himself but was also the well of artistic inspiration he reached into when he created his most famous works of art.

Born December 12, 1863 in Løten, Norway, Munch was the second of five children. His childhood was characterized by different tragedies that started with the death of his mother from tuberculosis in 1868. Not 9 years after his mother’s death, Edvard Munch’s sister Sophie also succumbed to tuberculosis when she was 15. These events greatly affected the young painter and his future works.

“The Scream” or “The Cry” by Edvard Munch Images via Edvard Munch site

Edvard Munch was greatly known for his expressionist style of painting. He drew inspiration from whatever emotion he was feeling and translated that into the canvas. His oil paintings are reminiscent of dreamscapes brought to life by streaks of paint. His most famous work “The Scream” communicated anxiety and sadness and offers a haunting look at what was inside the master’s mind.

After painting his masterpiece, Munch’s later works proved to be less intense. His free-flowing style in painting was paired with psychological themes that he experienced throughout his life. Brooding and darkly contemplative, Munch will always be considered a forefather of the expressionist movement. His personal well of emotions became the artistic inspiration he turned to when he painted. He died this day in 1944 at his home in Ekely, Norway. Edvard Munch left all of his works to the city of Oslo.

All information and photos used in this article were sourced from Biography, Edvard Munch site and Wikipedia – Edvard Munch.

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