Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is regarded as
a pioneer in the Expressionist movement in modern
painting. His star is still on the ascendant
in the other European countries, and in the
rest of the world. Munch's art from the 1890s
is the most well known, but his later work is
steadily attracting greater attention, and it
appears to inspire present-day artists in particular.
Edvard Munch grew up in Norway's capital, Oslo.
Edvard was often ill when he was a child.
His childhood home was culturally stimulating,
but in his art Munch turned again and again
to the memory of illness, death and grief that
he felt for losing his mother when he was only
five. After a year at Technical School, Munch
became dedicated to art. He studied the old
masters, attended courses in the painting of
nudes at the Royal School of Drawing and was
instructed for a time by Norway's leading artist,
Christian Krohg. His early works were influenced
by French-inspired Realism, and his great talent
was soon discovered.