Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream

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Yale University Press, 2005 - Art - 391 pages
Although almost everyone recognizes Edvard Munch’s 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 scholar’s precision with a novelist’s 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 Munch’s 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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A great biography. I am grateful for the author who works so hard to compile the complete life of an artist. It is an enormous task and I respect the effort. This book is comprehensive and I enjoyed learning about the details of Munch's life. Read full review

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In 1893, Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944) painted The Scream , which became an icon for anxiety and alienation in the modern age. With scholarly care and skill, art historian and novelist ... Read full review

Contents

Shy Souls 1863 and Before
11
Never More to be Parted 18641868
11
Growing up in Kristiania 18691875
15
The Bloodred Banner 18761877
24
Losing Faith 18781881
33
I have Decided to Become an artist 18791881
38
No more brown sauce 18821885
47
A Calculated Seduction 1885
58
The Dance of Life 18971899
176
Death and the Maiden 18991901
193
The Shooting 1902
207
Selfportrait in Hell 19031908
224
The Hideous Face of Insanity 19071909
243
The Sun the Sun 19091916
263
Where My Soul Fits in? 19141922
283
Degenerate Art 19221940
300

A Few Drinks Before Breakfast 18831886
69
Soap Art and Soul Art 1886
79
And Virtue is a Sham 18861889
91
The SaintCloud Manifesto 18891890
108
Bizzarro 18901892
122
God is Dead Berlin 18921894
136
Memento Mori 18941896
153
Magical Assassins 18961900
161
Death at the Helm 19401944
316
Notes
327
Select Bibliography
364
Chronology
369
Photograph and Text Credits
373
Index
374
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Sue Prideaux is an art historian and the author of four novels.

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