The celebrated Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is one of the most influential figures in modern art. He engages because he as an artistic poet, grasps “the modern soul of life” and he as a painter and colourist, creates expressions were colours and shapes hits us. He had the bravery and will to express in a way that was new and original.
During the years of 1890, he travelled to Paris, viewing Monet´s impressionistic paintings and the synthetic works of Gauguin, later also Van Gogh´s expressionism and the pointillism of Seurat. He discovered that they also demanded a simplifying and deformation of reality, both to enhance the expression and as a signal of expressing feelings. Maybe the interaction with poets in Berlin and Paris made him realise that he was not alone with the genuine xenophobia, it was a character belonging to he “modern conciseness”. Basic themes as love, jealousy, anxiety, melancholy and death are motives in “Frieze of Life”, which he continuously worked with through his life.
With the “Scandalous Exhibition” in Berlin in 1892, Edvard Munch made a standing as one of Europe´s leading Avant Garde artists.
In 1894 he started working with graphics. Firstly etching and lithography, and few years later he made his first woodcuts. “The Sick Child”, “Kiss” and “Madonna” are now considered among the most valuable within modern graphic. His innovative graphic works comprise more than 700 works. They are closely related to the paintings.
During the period after 1908, when Munch went through a psychological crisis, his paintings became more spirited and vital. He also worked with the Aula-decorations that were presented in 1916. As an artist Munch was extraordinarily productive.