Edvard Munch – The life of an Artist

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This video discusses the life and times of the Norwegian expressionist artist Edvard Munch. Death, love and angst are prominent throughout his life and work therefore, the video may not be suitable for younger children. Edvard Munch was born in Loten in Norway, but lost his mother and sister at a young age. His Laura had mental issues and spent some years in an institution.
He is perhaps best known for his painting, The Scream, and paintings like Death in the Sick Room. His series of paintings, The Frieze of Life, contains many remarkable paintings such as the Dance of Life. Mental illness and alcoholism affected him and as a result influenced many of his paintings. These issues are important because they form the focus of many of his paintings.  He also did a series of paintings for Oslo University and for the Freia Chocolate Factory. The latter years of his life were spent in his estate at Ekely, Norway painting many self portraits which explored the effects of old age. He died in 1944 at the age of 80.

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