A Modern Artist From Norway

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Edvard Munch, a modern artist from Norway, born in Løten in Hedmark on 12 December 1863. He grew up in a family of seven, with four other siblings, a mother and father characteristics of a happy family but instead turn out to be quite the opposite. As a child he suffered from chronic asthmatic bronchitis and rheumatic fever debilitating most of his childhood. Surrounded by death, Munch witnessed the passing of most of his family. One by one his mother, sister, and even Munch himself suffered from Tuberculosis, however, he would be the only one to survive it. Tragedy did not stop there his only brother would ultimately be taken, from Munch, at the age of 30 from pneumonia. Death was a common theme in his work because he lived through so…show more content…
Munch would always be reminded of his family’s death, their torment followed his shadow and further encroached on his mind the more time went on. Various styles, motifs, and paintings from artists such as Claude Monet and Eugène Carrière inspired his work. However, Carrière’s Sick Child, 1885 would be a pivoting point in influencing his own painting of the same name. One of Munch’s first work that showed his notorious style can be seen in The Sick Child, 1886 painting just a year after Carrière’s. His painting depicts his sister Sophie bedridden from Tuberculosis and his mother mourning beside her waiting for her to pass. He paints in a very melancholy tone and the color gives the viewer the impression of sickness and sorrow. He expresses his feelings years later describing how “‘few have ever experienced the full grief of their subject as I did in The Sick Child.’”(qtd. in Prideaux 85-86). Munch’s painterly style allows us to feel the anguish and pain he must have felt while painting The Sick Child. His process is also rather significant compared to the end product itself and provides clear insight into his emotional state whilst he painted. Munch not only painted with a brush but he chose to also use a palette knife for this particular painting to show the marks of visible misery, which can be seen with the scratchy and unfinished texture. What is even more interesting is his use of layers. His determination in layering his painting over and over for a
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