10 Interesting Edvard Munch Facts

Monday, January 6th 2014. | People


Edvard Munch facts show you the information about one of the famous painters in the world. This man gained his fame with his psychological and free flowing style. One of the most well known works of Munch is the fascinating The Scream. Find out more about him below.

Edvard Munch Facts 1: The scream

The scream is Munch’s most recognizable work of art. It was renamed The Cry in 1893. It was sold in the price of $119 million in 2012. It broke a new record.

Edvard Munch Facts 2: date of birth

Munch was born on 12th December 1863 in Löten, Norway. He had four siblings and he was the second child in the family.

Edvard Munch Painting 10 Interesting Edvard Munch Facts

Edvard Munch Painting

Edvard Munch Facts 3: tragedy of family

In 1864, his family decided to live in Oslo. Then the tragedy of his family occurred here. Four years later, his mother passed away because she was infected with tuberculosis. Then his sister Sophie died with the same disease. Another sister of his was suffered from mental illness in the age of 15 years old. In the age of 30, his brother died because of Pneumonia.

Edvard Munch Facts 4: education

At first, he attended the engineering college. He studied about engineering, but he decided to leave the school because he was interested to learn about art.

Edvard Munch The scream 10 Interesting Edvard Munch Facts

Edvard Munch The scream

Edvard Munch Facts 5: Royal School of Art and Design

He followed his passion of art by studying in Royal School of Art and Design in 1881. Then he decided to rent a studio with other 6 artists to create an exhibition show.

Edward Munch Facts 6: scholarship

It seems that Munch was not wrong when he chose art over engineering.  He traveled to Paris, France for three weeks after having a scholarship from the college.

Edvard Munch 10 Interesting Edvard Munch Facts

Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch Facts 7: The Sick Child

The Sick Child was his first work when he moved back to Oslo. He finished this work in 1886. The painting depicts the death of his sister.

Edvard Munch Facts 8: death of his father

His father died in 1889. Then he decided to live in France until 1892. He got the fund to live in the country from the college.

Edvard Munch Pic 10 Interesting Edvard Munch Facts

Edvard Munch Pic

Edvard Munch Facts 9: work when living in France

When he lived in France, he was very productive. He painted 22 works for the Berlin Exhibition in 1902. Some of his paintings include “Jealousy” (1894–95), “Melancholy” (c. 1892–93), “Despair” (1892), and “Anxiety” (1894).

Edvard Munch Facts 10: drinking habit and mental illness

In 1900s, Munch was not able to control his several drinking problem and mental illness. He had to continually check his condition in a private sanitarium.

Munchs Work 10 Interesting Edvard Munch Facts

Munch’s Work

Then he decided to live in an isolation in Ekely. It is located in Oslo, Norway. He liked to paint landscape there.  He died on 23rd January 1944 in his country home Ekely. Do you have any opinion on facts about Edvard Munch?


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