The Scream. Edvard Munch. 1893. National Gallery, Oslo.
(left) Self-portrait between the clock and the bed. Edvard Munch. 1940-42. Munch Museum, Oslo.
Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye ... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.
Edvard Munch (1863-1944), Symbolist painter and printmaker
Edvard Munch was the second of five children born to Christian and Laura Cathrine Munch. Munch's mother died of tuberculosis in 1868 and his favorite sister, Johanne Sophie, also died from the disease in 1877. After his mother's death, Christian raised the children in an atmosphere of religious fear, frequently instructing them that if they sinned in any way, they would go to hell without hope of pardon. Munch's younger sister was diagnosed with mental illness at a very young age.