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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.

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  • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
  • 96 pages, with 100 illustrations
  • Publication Date:
  • 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 | ISBN: 9783836528955

About 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.

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 Taschen

Since its inception in 1985, the Taschen's Basic Art Series has evolved into the most successful collection of art books ever published. Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art History series boasts around 100 color illustrations accompanied by explanatory captions, a detailed and illustrated introduction, and a carefully curated selection of the epoch's most significant works. These works are presented on a two-page spread, featuring a full-page image alongside an interpretation, as well as a portrait and a concise biography of the artist.

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