MOr­BId TaLeS

ev­ery­thing you need to know about Nor­we­gian artist ed­vard Munch, whose dark draw­ing adorns the cover of Deep Cal­leth Upon Deep

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MUNCH’S EX­PE­RI­ENCE OF MOR­TAL­ITY STARTED EARLY ON

Born in De­cem­ber 1863 in Løten, Nor­way, ed­vard Munch was the sec­ond of five chil­dren. His fa­ther, Chris­tian, was a doc­tor, but was help­less when ed­vard’s mother died of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis when the boy was only five years old, and his sis­ter Jo­hanne So­phie passed away at the age of

15 from the same dis­ease.

Jo­hanne So­phie’s death later in­spired Munch’s 1885 paint­ing

The Sick Child and many fur­ther works. Trag­i­cally, an­other sis­ter,

Laura Catherine, was sent to an asy­lum early in her life.

HIS MOR­BID TEM­PER­A­MENT WAS HOME-SCHOOLED

Suf­fer­ing from ill health as a child, Munch was schooled at home by his pi­ous fa­ther. That didn’t stop him from read­ing his son ghost sto­ries, which in­spired macabre night­mares. ed­vard also said his fa­ther “was tem­per­a­men­tally ner­vous and ob­ses­sively re­li­gious – to the point of psy­choneu­ro­sis.

From him I in­her­ited the seeds of mad­ness.

The an­gels of fear, sor­row and death stood by my side since the day I was born.”

HE TOOK AN EARLY LEAP FROM NATURALISM TO NIHILISM

Hav­ing ex­per­i­mented with both the nat­u­ral­ist and im­pres­sion­ist styles of paint­ing early in his ca­reer – to crit­i­cal dis­ap­proval – ed­vard be­came friends with an an­ar­chist and a ni­hilist called Hans Jaeger, whose cel­e­bra­tion of artis­tic de­struc­tion and sui­cide pretty much make him an early ver­sion of Shin­ing (Swe)’s Nik­las Kvar­forth. Im­mersed in the bo­hemian life­style, Munch sought out a more emo­tional, self-ex­am­in­ing style of art.

JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIE, THERE’S MORE THAN ONE SCREAM

There are ac­tu­ally four ver­sions of Munch’s most fa­mous paint­ing and rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the anx­i­ety of mod­ern man, The Scream. Two are painted, and per­ma­nently housed in the Oslo Na­tional Gallery; two are pas­tel ver­sions, one of which was auc­tioned for a whop­ping $119,922,600 at Sotheby’s in 2012. Two of these ver­sions have been stolen and later re­cov­ered, one of them get­ting dam­aged in the process.

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