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Edvard Munch was a Norwegian artist active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most famous for The Scream (1893) – a composition depicted in four paintings and pastels showing a screaming figure against the backdrop of an orange sky. There is a lot more to Munch’s production, generally characterized by the same psychological intensity that makes The Scream so striking. Here is our guide to the best places to see Edvard Munch’s art.
The second largest collection of Munch paintings outside of Oslo exhibits works from every period of Munch’s life, making it a great overview of the painter’s career. The most important works on display there are extracts from the Frieze of Life, an ambitious cycle of paintings subtitled “a poem about life, love, and death” – Jealousy (1895), Melancholy (1894), Women in Three Stages (1895), Evening on Karl Johan (1892), and The Sick Child (1886)are all part of KODE’s Rasmus Meyer Collection. There is also a striking black and white sketch of The Scream showing the same anguished face without the famous orange sky in the background.
Rasmus Meyers allé 7, Bergen, Norway, +47 55 56 80 00
One of a handful of Munch paintings on display outside of Norway and the only one in the UK is Munch’s 1907 version of The Sick Child at Tate Modern. This very personal painting, depicting his sister’s illness (and subsequent death), is one of Munch’s most famous works, and is emblematic of the vivid emotions and themes he has transcribed in his work throughout his entire career. He returned to this composition over and over again, over a period of about 40 years: there are six different painted versions, in addition to a number of etchings and other graphical works.
Bankside, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7887 8888