I have never considered myself very impressed by Edvard Munch. ‘The Scream’ is a classic painting – also very well reknowned (along with ‘Madonna’ for being stolen from this very museum) but I have never thought it as one of my favourite pieces of art.
After seeing the Edvard Munch Museum though, I have to change my opinion on the artist, and to some extent ‘The Scream’.
I was going to post a photo of ‘The Scream’, but after seeing it first hand it is apparent that none of the prints do the painting justice.
The museum gave a great insight into the life of Munch – losing both his mother and sister to TB at a young age, failed relationships and having his work ridiculed and opposed numerous times during his life. He suffered from a breakdown partway through his life & he spent the last years of his life in almost total solitude in Norway. He left all his works to the City of Oslo – leading to the incredible collection on display at the museum.
The variety of mediums he used in his work is incredible – oils on canvas, wood, charcoal, lithography… It is his less famous works that I prefer. They aren’t as well known, which is a shame because some of them are truly spectacular & support his status as an amazing artist. Below is ‘Madonna’, a version of one of his famous works. I really like that he would often do a number of versions of his works using different mediums, such as lithography.