Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 391 pages
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What kind of person could have created 'The Scream', the painting that expresses most vividly the uncertainties and anguish of the twentieth century? This intimate and moving biography brings Norwegian artist Edvard Munch to life, exploring his turbulent early years, his later years as a recluse, and his efforts to paint not what he saw, but what he experienced. 'A magisterial portrait of a deeply troubled man.' Frances Spalding, 'Sunday Times' 'anyone who wants to know how and why Munch painted as he did should read this book.' Tom Rosenthal, 'Independent on Sunday' 'it is packed with information and event. Few biographies of artists can be described as gripping. This often is.' Martin Gayford, 'Sunday Telegraph' 'an absorbing account of the social and intellectual forces, as well as the personal demons, that Munch struggled against - or solicited - in order to create.' Alan Jenkins, 'Times Literary Supplement' 'It is among Prideaux's achievements to give us a thousand details that pull Munch into sharper focus.' Christopher Riopelle, 'Apollo Magazine' 'Prideaux sorts out Munch's work and his difficult life with a scholar's eye for history and a novelist's eye for anecdotes.' Gwen Gibson, 'Washington Times' 'An assured and vivid biography.' Peter Schjeldahl, 'New Yorker'
 

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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
1
NEVER MORE TO BE PARTED 18641868
7
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
226
THE HIDEOUS FACE OF INSANITY 19071909
245
THE SUN THE SUN 19091916
265
WHERE MY SOUL FITS IN? 19141922
285
DEGENERATE ART 19221940
302

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
318
NOTES
329
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
366
CHRONOLOGY
371
PHOTOGRAPH AND TEXT CREDITS
375
INDEX
376
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Sue Prideaux is an art historian and the author of four novels.

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