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December 12 1863 – Norwegian Painter Edvard Munch is Born

December 12 1863 – Norwegian Painter Edvard Munch is Born
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Famous for mind-bending paintings focused on dark themes, the artist behind The Scream was born in the tiny village of Adalsbruk, Norway on December 12, 1863. Edvard Munch, known for his roles in Symbolism and Expressionism, would become one of the more fascinating case studies in the blend between emotional state and artistic productivity in history.

The second of five children, Munch’s early ability was fostered by his mother, who nurtured the talents of both him and his older sister, Sophie. When she died in 1868, the responsibility for raising the large Munch clan fell on his father, a doctor at Akershus Fortress in Christiania (known as Oslo today). Known for his deep religious beliefs, the elder Munch created a heavy fear of retribution from above in his kids while sharing the frightening tales of Edgar Allan Poe. As a result, Edvard frequently had nightmares as a child, often using his sketchbook or some watercolors as an escape.

Throughout his youth, Munch frequently fell ill, many times spending large portions of the cold Norwegian winters at home in bed. He still managed to excel as a student of engineering in his early teens before transitioning to the Royal School of Art and Design of Christiania in 1881. Two years later, he debuted his work in public for the first time, sharing his privately-held desire to “attempt to explain life and its meaning to myself.” …(Read more)

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