Picture Gallery

The 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.