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Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch

Self-portrait in oil by Dürer.
Information about the painter
Name:  Edvard Munch.
Year of birth:  1863, Hedmark, Norway.
Year of death:  1944, Oslo, Norway.
Style:  Expressionism.

Eccentric and innovative Norwegian painter. Throughout his career, he aimed to capture the faces of human psychology, representing "the soul" in his own words.

At 18, he abandoned his engineering studies where in the first year, he had learned the basics of technical drawing. His great dream was to become a full-time painter, which triggered all sorts of questions in his family and social environment.

He is considered one of the greats of expressionism and a precursor of modernism. Although his works do not demonstrate stunning technical skill, he thrives in symbolism and conceptual art.


Paintings by Munch

Edvard Munch's paintings and engravings follow a very marked thematic line, often related to depression and an extremely negative view of existence. Nevertheless, he is considered a genius for his aesthetic proposal and personality. To purchase paintings inspired by this painter, visit: oil paintings of Munch



  • "The Scream"
    Author: Edvard Munch
    Style: Expressionism
    Original title (German): Der Schrei der Natur
    In Norwegian: Skrik
    Title (English): The Scream
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Tempera, pastel, and crayons.
    Support: Cardboard
    Year: 1893
    Located in: The National Gallery of Norway

    Throughout his career, he painted at least 4 versions of this same composition, the one shown in this image being one of the most widely known. Its great success is largely due to the impact it achieves, with the entire image powerfully exuding sensations of fear and impending calamity.

    The inspiration for "The Scream" came from a rather mundane experience, during which the painter was taking a walk. He stopped and had a kind of vision where he felt that nature itself was transmitting its anguish to him.


  • "The Dance of Life"
    Author: Edvard Munch
    Style: Symbolism and Expressionism
    Original title (Norwegian): Livets dans
    Title (English): The Dance of Life
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1900
    Located at: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Oslo).

    A work full of symbols, where the author conveys a multitude of messages, which have been the subject of extensive interpretations by experts.

    The most evident representations are: the transition from childhood to old age, shown by the three women from left to right; the moon over the two central young people signifies the passionate character of the canvas; the girl in white, representing innocence, looks to the future (to the right) with an excited gesture; the young woman in the middle looks at her man and is committed to mutual surrender; and the oldest one looks at the past (to the left) with a gesture of bitterness.

    25 years later, the artist would paint the same design in a very similar version.


  • "Starry Night"
    Author: Edvard Munch
    Style: Expressionism
    Title (English): Starry Night
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1893
    Located at: J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA.

    It shows the view from a window, on a summer night, from a hotel in the small coastal town of Åsgårdstrand, Norway.

    Far from attempting a realistic view of the landscape, the artist's intention was to capture feelings of melancholy, and to establish a contrast between light and shadow, accompanied by the texture of the work itself. The painting is very dense in the shadows and the canvas is almost bare in the brighter parts.


  • "Anxiety"
    Author: Edvard Munch
    Style: Expressionism
    Original title (Norwegian): Angst
    Title (English): Anxiety
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1894

    In an environment very similar to "The Scream", this work shows 3 main characters with greenish faces, projecting a sense of anxiety, unease, and depression.


  • "Self-Portrait with Burning Cigarette"
    Author: Edvard Munch
    Genre: Portrait
    Original title: Selvportrett med sigarett
    Title (English): Self-Portrait with Burning Cigarette
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1895
    Located at: The National Gallery of Norway

    This is a high-quality portrait, as few others throughout his career, where he shows himself smoking, with the lower half of his body blurred by the smoke.

    The facial expression is one of contemplation and bewilderment, echoing his own words: "Disease and madness were the black angels that stood at my cradle...".


  • "Self-Portrait. Between the Clock and the Bed"
    Author: Edvard Munch
    Style: Modernism and Symbolism
    Title (English): Self-Portrait. Between the Clock and the Bed
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: circa 1943

    This is one of Munch's main paintings, where he portrays himself in a manifest state of old age and loneliness

    Without showing any emotion. The only thing he waits for is death, which looms over him symbolically, situated between the clock and the bed: the former a symbol of the little time he has left and the latter a symbol of the inevitable outcome.


  • "Ashes"
    Author: Edvard Munch
    Style: European Symbolism
    Also known as: Ashes
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1894
    Located at: The National Gallery of Norway

    Tells a story through images, where the title "Ashes" signifies what remains between lovers after the fire of passion ends.

    The girl brings her hands to her head after having had an intimate encounter with the man appearing in the bottom left corner. The forest setting represents a hidden relationship that has no place. She is half-dressed and with a gesture of regret, while he hides his face in a manner that seems like shame.


  • "The Girls on the Bridge"
    Author: Edvard Munch
    Style: Expressionism
    Also known as: Girls on the Bridge
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Medium: Canvas
    Year: 1927

    The artist was almost obsessed with this scene, painting different versions of it over more than 30 years (the first in 1901). The present one is considered one of the most outstanding, the painter made a simile of the original work, after experimenting with changes in the landscape dozens of times.


  • "The Kiss"
    Author: Edvard Munch
    Style: Symbolism
    Title (English): The Kiss
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1897

    It depicts a man and a woman kissing, embraced. The artist uses the technique of free brushstroke with a heavy texture to convey a sense of movement, not only in the figures but throughout the entire pictorial space. It's also noted that the lovers are in a room with the curtains closed, letting in some street light through the uncovered corner of the window. The colors used are mainly cool: blues, greens, blacks, and dark reds.


  • "Madonna"
    Author: Edvard Munch
    Genre: Portrait
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: circa 1895
    Located in: The National Gallery of Norway

    The same design was painted 5 times in oil and engraved once on a lithographic plate, from which several color lithographs were printed. One of these was sold at auction for 1.25 million British pounds.

    Art critics and experts do not agree on a single interpretation of this motif, however, they concur on some general lines: the sexual character, the prominence of the woman over the man, and the close tie between love and death.


  • "Death in the Sickroom"

  • "Love and Pain"
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