Edvard Munch (December 12, 1863-January 23, 1944) is one of the most important figures in the development of modern painting. Born in Norway, Munch’s evocative and emotionally tumultuous work is often associated with the birth of Symbolism at the end of the nineteenth century, as well as considered to be an antecedent of the development of Expressionism, a major movement in the early years of the twentieth century. Though he lived most of his life in Norway, Munch spent 20 peripatetic years traveling around Europe, particularly France and Germany, painting and exhibiting the majority of his most well-known works. He lived a decidedly isolated and nomadic life, shaping his highly personal works, which are most often read as intimate examinations of the life of the mind and the psyche of mankind. Munch’s paintings, prints, and drawings have had an incredible impact on not only the history of art, but also the way in which we perceive art as an expression of our internal struggles.
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