Analysis Of Edvard Munch And The Scream

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Edvard Munch & The Scream

Alex Torres Mr. Vigrass Class 604 Fine Arts

Alex Torres Fine Art
The Mott Hall School Class 604 Edvard Munch & The Scream Edvard Munch (12 December 1863 - 23 January 1944) was a Norwegian painter and printmaker who many art based upon psychological concepts that were based on Symbolism of the 19th century and then influenced German Expressionism. One of his best known pieces of art is The Scream, made in 1893. Childhood Edvard Munch was born in a farmhouse in a village called Adalsbruk in Loten, United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway, to Laura
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Christian Munch, his father, also taught his son in history and literature, and entertained his children with ghost-stories and books by Edgar Allan Poe, an American writer. Edvard remembered that although his father was usually positive, this was sometimes overshadowed by his “madness”. Munch once stated, “My father was temperamentally nervous and obsessively religious - to the point of psychoneurosis. From him I inherited the seeds of madness. The angels of fear, sorrow, and death stood by my side since the day I was born." Christian also punished his children by saying that their mother was watching them from heaven and was saddened by anything they did incorrectly. These thoughts, Edvard’s poor health, and the ghost stories he was told brought many nightmares; he felt as if death was always close to him. One of Munch’s younger sisters, Laura, was diagnosed with a mental disease at an early age. Of the five children, only one, Andreas, got married, but died a few months after the wedding. Munch also later wrote, “I inherited two of mankind’s most frightful enemies - the heritage of consumption and insanity.” Christian Munch’s payment from the military was very little and he failed to get a job, keeping his family in poverty. The family moved frequently from a cheap home to another. Munch’s early drawings and watercolors showed these homes, and
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