Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Countdown to Syttende Mai--Edvard Munch

Perhaps the most famous artist to come out of Norway is Edvard Munch. While many people do not recognize the name, there is truly no more famous painting in all the world than what Munch has produced. Not even the "Mona Lisa" is more recognizable than Munch's most famous work. Love it or hate it, all are familiar with Munch's "The Scream."
Munch certainly had a troubled life, which is certainly reflected in his paintings. Many of his works are seemingly neophyte, but when one considers that Munch is an expressionist painter--one who is more concerned with the feeling and emotion that is associated with a work of art than the aesthetic beauty of the art itself--one then begins to recognize the genius of the artist. There is much to learn of Edvard Munch, but you may do that through your own research. I shall simply post a few of his paintings and let them speak for themselves.
While "The Scream" is the most popular work, I really like such paintings as: "Melancholy," "Girls," "Ashes," and "The Sick Child." They are all posted here--take a guess as to which is which, and enjoy the emotions that they evoke within you!

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