Edvard Munch was a printmaker and German expressionist. Munch was born in 1863 on December 12 in Norway. Munch’s mother died of tuberculosis leaving only his father who had a mental illness to raise him and his siblings. Munch was still very young at this time (Watson). While trying to raise Edvard his father who was a Christian fundamentalist influenced him with irrational fears of the world, and explained his mother’s death as an act of divine punishment. Some say this is why his work took a deeper tone(Art).
His father eventually died in 1864. The death in his family did not stop there though. Munch lost his 15-year-old sister in 1877 to tuberculosis also, then in 1907, his brother passed too. Art was not always Munch’s first choice.
He first started out in engineering in 1879 attending a technical college. He left only a year later to enroll at the Royal School of Art and Design. After three years their Munch received a scholarship to travel to Paris (Biography). While there Munch fell under the influence of fellow artist, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Vincent van Gogh. After returning home from Paris is when Munch began working on a painting known as “The Sick Child”. This painting was seen as Munch’s break from the realist style of that time. The painting depicts how he felt about his sister’s death.
It was finished in 1886.Munch intended to use intense colors and negotiable themes as symbols of significance. He intended to use them to express whomsoever was looking at the paintings own mental conditions. Munch said, “Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle, and since then have followed me throughout my life.” Munch started on a series of paintings called the “Frieze of Life” this consisted of 22 works of art.
These paintings were to go on display in Berlin but Munch’s paintings contained too many scenes of death and anxiety and the exhibited had to be closed. That did not stop Munch from becoming known to the art world. In fact, after the exhibit was shut down he used the publicity to sell what work he had.