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With his iconic masterpiece, "The Scream," Edvard Munch (1863–1944) crafted a hairless, ghostly figure standing on a bridge against an orange-red sky. His hands raised to his ears, mouth wide open in a haunting wail, Munch's creation became the Mona Lisa of our era. The reverberating shriek from this figure echoes worldwide, leaving its indelible influence on the works of artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Martin Kippenberger, Marlene Dumas, and Tracey Emin.

This introductory book delves into Munch's astonishing ability for psychodrama, both in "The Scream" and his broader body of work. Through vivid illustrations, it explores the artist's vivid, dark, and profoundly modern visions that emerged in response to relationships and emotions. These captivating images, regarded by Munch as a form of "free confession," retain their compelling power today, just as they did on the cusp of the modernist movement.

  • English edition
  • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
  • 96 pages, with 100 illustrations
  • Published in 2016
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10.2 × 8.3 × 0.5 inches  (25.9 × 21.1 × 1.3 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 3.0 lb (48.0 oz; 1361 g)
  • SKU010002438 | 9783836528955

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Edvard Munch Self-Portrait, 1895

About the Artist

Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch (1863–1944) was born in Løten, Norway, and studied design and art in Oslo. In May of 1885 he traveled to Paris on a scholarship, and after the deaths of his sister and father the following year, he began to spend most of his time in France. His painting first achieved fame with an 1892 exhibition in Berlin, which also led directly to his influence upon the German Expressionists. Despite struggles with alcohol and mental health, Munch lived to the age of 80.

About the Author

Ulrich Bischoff

Ulrich Bischoff is an art historian and writer. From 1994 to 2013, he worked as director of the Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. He has published extensively in the areas of classical modernity and contemporary art.


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