Edvard Munch, ‘The Storm’, 1893, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Image rights: Digital image © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art/Scala, Florence. © Munch Museum / Munch-Ellingsen Group / VEGAP, Madrid, 2015.

"Edvard Munch. Archetypes"

Venue: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (2015)

Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Irgens Larsen and acquired through the Lille P. Bliss and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Funds.

About Edvard Munch

A recognized forerunner of Expressionism, Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch is renowned for his representations of emotion. Associated with the international development of Symbolism, Munch experimented with many different themes, palettes, and styles of drawing. Though stylistically influenced by Paul Gauguin and the Nabis, Munch’s subjects are drawn from his Scandinavian roots and his own tortured psyche. His most famous painting, The Scream (1893), illustrates a tormented cry translated into waves of color that resonate across the landscape. Though based on Munch’s own experience, The Scream has become an instantly recognizable symbol of anxiety and alienation. Often reworking his paintings into etchings and lithographs, Munch was also one of the major graphic artists of the 20th century—he took an experimental approach to printmaking and contributed to the revival of the woodcut.

Norwegian, 1863-1944, Løten, Norway, based in Oslo, Norway