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"In reality, my art is a confession made of my own free will, an attempt to clarify my own notion of Life…at bottom it is a kind of egoism, but I shall not give up hoping that with its assistance I shall be able to help others achieve their own clarity." Edvard Munch
“Nature is not something that can be seen by the eye alone; it lies also within the soul, in pictures seen by the inner eye…” Edvard Munch
“For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art.” Edvard Munch
Munch, who never married, called his paintings his children and hated to be separated from them. Living alone on his estate outside Oslo for the last 27 years of his life, increasingly revered and increasingly isolated, he surrounded himself with work that dated to the start of his long career. Upon his death in 1944, at 80, the authorities discovered—behind locked doors on the 2nd floor of his house—a collection of 1,008 paintings, 4,443 drawings and 15,391 prints, as well as woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, lithographic stones, woodcut blocks, copperplates and photographs. Yet in a final irony of his difficult life, Munch is famous today as the creator of a single image, which has obscured his overall achievement as a pioneering and influential painter and printmaker.
His The Scream is an icon of modern art, a Mona Lisa for our time. As da Vinci evoked a Renaissance ideal of serenity and self-control, Munch defined how we see our own age—wracked with anxiety and uncertainty.... (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/edvard-munch-beyond-the-scream-111810150/)
Edvard Munch (12 Dec. 1863-23 Jan. 1944); Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century.