painter, printmaker and an important forerunner of expressionist art
. His best-known composition, The Scream
, is part of a series The Frieze of Life, in which Munch explored the themes of love, fear, death, melancholia, and anxiety.
Edvard Munch was born in a rustic farmhouse in the village of Ådalsbruk
, Norway to Christian Munch, the son of a priest.
No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love.
When seen as a whole, art derives from a person’s desire to communicate himself to another. I do not believe in an art which is not forced into existence by a human being’s desire to open his heart. All art, literature, and music must be born in your heart’s blood. Art is your heart’s blood.
Could only have been painted by a madman.
My art is rooted in a single reflection: why am I not as others are? ... my art gives meaning to my life.
From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.