Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 391 pages
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Although almost everyone recognizes Edvard Munchís famous painting The Scream, hardly anyone knows much about the man. What kind of person could have created this universal image, one that so vividly expressed all the uncertainties of the twentieth century? What kind of experiences did he have? In this book, the first comprehensive biography of Edvard Munch in English, Sue Prideaux brings the artist fully to life. Combining a scholarís precision with a novelistís insight, she explores the events of his turbulent life and unerringly places his experiences in their intellectual, emotional, and spiritual contexts.
With unlimited access to tens of thousands of Munchís papers, including his letters and diaries, Prideaux offers a portrait of the artist that is both intimate and moving. Munch sought to paint what he experienced rather than what he saw, and as his life often veered out of control, his experiences were painful. Yet he painted throughout his long life, creating strange and dramatic works in which hysteria and violence lie barely concealed beneath the surface. An extraordinary genius, Munch connects with an audience that reaches around the world and across more than a century.
  

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Review: Edvard Munch: Behind The Scream

User Review  - Malcolm Yarnell - Goodreads

This is a stylistically well-written and intellectually informative biography of Munch, with numerous color plates helpfully cross-referenced in the margins. Prideaux provides a substantial ... Read full review

Review: Edvard Munch: Behind The Scream

User Review  - R. Patrick - Goodreads

In some ways, Munch lived a fascinating life; in some ways a tragic one. Sue Prideaux brings this out brilliantly. Read full review

Contents

VI
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VII
7
VIII
15
IX
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X
33
XI
38
XII
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XIII
58
XXII
176
XXIII
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XXIV
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XXV
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XXVI
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XXVII
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XXVIII
285
XXIX
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XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
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XXI
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XXX
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XXXI
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XXXII
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
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XXXV
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Sue Prideaux is an art historian and the author of four novels.

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